"I was not ready before," he said when asked by the judge why previous treatment had been unsuccessful. "I thought I could kick this without any help.
"But this is stronger than me," Taylor said of his drug problem.
Giggenbach said he was willing to recommend the drug treatment and vocational training the Anthony Center offers, and thought it was Taylor's only chance to turn his life around.
"And we asked the victims in this case to come to court and say their peace, but they aren't here," Giggenbach said.
"His criminal history is lengthy, and not much else has helped him," he said.
But Bloom sentenced Taylor to two to 10 years in the penitentiary on the assault charge and one to 15 years on the burglary charge. Those sentences will be served consecutively.
Taylor will receive credit for the 123 days he has been incarcerated at South Central Regional Jail since his arrest.
Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at cher...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4832.