Man convicted in Knoxville tow truck driver attack sentenced

Man convicted in Knoxville tow truck driver attack sentenced to 6 years

Tycorrian Taylor in court during his trial. Tycorrian Taylor in court during his trial.
Victim Ron Gandy on the stand during the trial. Victim Ron Gandy on the stand during the trial.

6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Tycorrian Taylor, the man convicted of attempted voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault in the Labor Day 2012 attack against a tow truck driver, was sentenced Thursday to the maximum of six years in prison.

Taylor was found not guilty of attempted first degree murder.

During trial, a number of people took the stand, including victim Ron Gandy.

Police say back in September 2012, Taylor attacked Gandy from behind while he was towing Taylor's car.

Gandy received almost 40 blows to the head and spent three months in the hospital.

The Gandy family says they've lost nearly everything since the attack, including their tow company and house.

"I'm very satisfied with the sentence," Ron Gandy said.

After more than a year since the attack, Ron Gandy says he has some closure.

"I feel like this is closed now. Now that he'll get his time," Gandy said.

The state said Gandy was beaten for just doing his job. He was towing a car that didn't have a pass for the apartment complex.

The defense admitted Tycorrian Taylor hit Gandy, but said the attack wasn't premeditated..

During his victim impact statement Thursday afternoon, Gandy said because of the assault, he needs 24-hour care. He said Taylor tried his best to murder him, and Taylor's a threat to society because he can't control his temper.

"He had a chance. He had a chance to walk away. I had no chance, now look what I'm going through," Gandy said.

Gandy's 17-year-old son Jordan also spoke. He described his dad as an outgoing, nice person who would bend over backwards to help anyone. He said he wanted to know why Taylor did this.

"As always we're going to deal with this for life, I mean it would sort of make sense for him to get life too," Jordan Gandy said.

Now, the Gandys say they're moving on as best as they can.

"Build it back up like we were," Ron Gandy said.

"I've always been raised to forgive, but I can't forget. I mean there's always going to be that little place that I can't forgive him, but most of the part I have forgiven, I just can't ever forget," Jordan Gandy said.

Tycorrian Taylor also spoke Thursday. He apologized to the Gandys and his own family. He said he never planned for this to happen. He also said he feels he deserved another chance to be back on probation.

After Taylor serves the six years, he'll also be on probation for prior convictions.

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