The Herald Bulletin

May 8, 2013

Police: Man accused of domestic abuse is repeat offender

By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — A man who was recently released from prison after shooting a friend in 2008 has been arrested three times in less than a month, most recently for allegedly attacking his girlfriend.

Brandon Taliaferro, 22, of Anderson, posted bail Monday night after being arrested earlier that morning. Taliaferro faces charges of domestic battery and residential entry.

According to a probable cause affidavit of the alleged battery, Taliaferro’s pregnant girlfriend told police he hit her late Sunday after a night of drinking in his home in the 400 block of Hawthorne Avenue.

After knocking the woman unconscious, Taliaferro left on foot and went to an acquaintance’s home to hide, according to the affidavit. The acquaintance, who was away at the time, said she never gave Taliaferro permission to enter her home. Taliaferro was tracked down by officers near the 500 block of Louise Street.

It’s the third time since March 16 that Taliaferro has been arrested. In April, he was charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct, to which he later pleaded guilty. In March, Taliaferro was charged with drug possession when officers allegedly found methadone pills during a traffic stop.

In 2008, Taliaferro, 17 at the time, shot a 16-year-old in the stomach while intoxicated and playing with a loaded handgun. The teen recovered, and the shooting was ruled an accident. Madison Circuit Court 1 Judge Dennis Carroll sentenced Taliaferro to four years in prison and five years of probation on the conviction of criminal recklessness.

Taliaferro’s sentence was reduced and he was released in 2010, but he violated probation and was sent back to prison. He was released in 2012 and continues to rack up charges.

Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings said Taliaferro’s case is an unfortunate byproduct of jail overcrowding. While Taliaferro’s offenses seem to be escalating, officials are forced to assess the severity of the crime of each inmate, and Taliaferro’s aren’t uncommon.

“The problem with a lot of these is that they’re D felonies or lower, and there are worse offenders in prison right now,” Cummings said. “We’re third [among counties] in the state at sending people to jail, and 13th in population, so there’s a disproportion there. Unfortunately, D felons are at the bottom of the list.”

Cummings said his office will attempt to have Taliaferro’s bond revoked because of the numerous probation violations.

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