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Taylor enters no-contest plea; avoids jail

June 1, 2006 at 8:56 PM

MIAMI, June 1 (UPI) -- Defensive back Sean Taylor of Washington Thursday entered a no contest plea to misdemeanor assault and battery charges in Miami.

The charges came during a June 1, 2005, incident in which Taylor allegedly pulled a gun on two men he thought had stolen his two all-terrain vehicles from a neighbor's driveway.

The Washington Post reported that Taylor's Yukon Denali was sprayed with gunfire after he retreated. Thursday's plea will allow Taylor to avoid a potential prison term.

The newspaper said Taylor will spend the next 18 months visiting 10 schools in the Miami area to speak to students about the importance of maintaining self-control and furthering their education. He agreed to donate a $1,000 educational scholarship to one student at each school and pay $429 in court costs.

"This will help me reach some kids and show them this is not the way to be," Taylor said. "It is in my best interest."

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