Phillip H. Taylor will now await sentencing after pleading to two charges in Williams County Common Pleas Court Thursday afternoon.
Taylor, 54, of Bryan, pleaded no contest to one felony count of animal cruelty and pleaded guilty to a count of possessing a weapon under disability, following a deal with the Williams County Prosecutor’s Office prior to a pretrial hearing in which several other charges dropped.
Taylor had faced four counts of felony animal cruelty, one felony count of menacing and one felony count of possessing a weapon under disability stemming from a June incident in which he was alleged to have used a 9 mm pistol to kill four dogs at his now-estranged wife Theresa Taylor’s County Road 13 home following a dispute.
Last month, Reeve W. Kelsey, a retired judge of the Wood County Court of Common Pleas General and Domestic Relations divisions, was chosen by the Ohio Supreme Court to hear the remainder of Phil Taylor’s case following the recusal of Williams County Court of Common Pleas Judge JT Stelzer upon recommendation of the Williams County Prosecutor’s Office.
Kelsey said that Phillip Taylor faces a maximum of four years in prison, as well as more than $15,000 in fines for both offenses. The sentences could potentially be served consecutively, rather than concurrently.
A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered, and a sentencing hearing set for Oct. 30.
Taylor, who was already confined to his mother’s home on bond, also had his request to remove his ankle monitor granted as part of the day’s proceedings.
Theresa Taylor owns a pet grooming and boarding businesses in Archbold and is awaiting her own trial in Fulton County Court of Common Pleas on two charges of animal cruelty in an unrelated matter. Her charges stem from video obtained by authorities of her alleged conduct while operating the business.