As Justin Bieber knows, there is nothing like saying sorry through song. That is exactly what 21-year-old Brian Earl Taylor decided to do when facing Judge Darlene O'Brien and a room full of people at his court hearing. It sounds like Brian took a melodic cue from Adele's “Hello,” offering an interpretation of the song unlike any other done before. “Hello, your honor,” he began. “I want to say I'm sorry for the things I've done and I'll try and be stronger in this life I chose, but I want you to know that door, I closed.” In the song, he apologized to the judge, the victim for his crimes, and his mother. Brian was arrested for unlawful imprisonment and carrying a concealed weapon when he and a couple others forced a 23-year-old into a van at gunpoint to rob him.
In response, the judge said Taylor was “obviously a talented young man.” However, Judge O'Brien denied his request for a 36-month sentence and insisted the minimum guideline range for his crimes was 50 to 100 months. Only time will tell if Brian sings again, perhaps inspired by another famous song, at his upcoming pre-trial on March 24.