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Scranton Man Found Guilty Of Attempted Homicide

September 20, 2018

SCRANTON — A city man was convicted of attempted homicide today in Lackawanna County Court for a brutal assault that left a woman seriously injured in 2016.

A jury of 11 men and one woman deliberated less than two hours before finding Isaac Noel Taylor, 39, guilty on all counts after a four-day trial.

City police charged Taylor with beating and repeatedly stabbing his then-girlfriend, Faith Bronson, near the 300 block of Fairview Avenue in West Scranton on Oct. 20, 2016.

“The jury made the right decision, and we’re very happy with the result,” said District Attorney Mark Powell, who presented the commonwealth’s case with Deputy District Attorney Gene Riccardo, the lead prosecutor. “Justice was served.”

In addition to attempted homicide, jurors convicted Taylor of aggravated and simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

At Riccardo’s request, Judge Andy Jarbola immediately revoked Taylor’s bail and ordered him held in the county jail. No sentencing date was set pending a presentencing investigation.

Bronson, who suffered two collapsed lungs, a broken right orbital bone and a fractured nose in the attack, told police she and Taylor had gone for a walk when they started arguing about a request for a protection-from-abuse order she filed against him the previous month.

As the argument turned violent, he punched and stabbed Bronson several times. She managed to get away and go to North Main Avenue, where a passerby spotted the blood-covered woman and alerted a police officer investigating an unrelated incident nearby.

Powell praised the victim for her perseverance.

“It took a lot of courage not only survive that night but to endure the last two years as she reluctantly participated in trial preparation because of her emotional difficulty in facing the defendant and having to testify,” he said.

After the verdict was announced, Taylor’s attorney, Robert Levant, asked Jarbola to poll the jurors individually to determine whether they concurred.

“Yes, your honor,” each answered.

Contact the writer: dsingleton@timesshamrock.com, 570-348-9132

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