Utica man in excessive force case gets 3 to 6 years in prison

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UTICA — A Utica man who settled an excessive force case against the City of Utica for $150,000 will spend the next three to six years in state prison for the weapons case that started it all.

Kerwin Taylor, of Utica, was sentenced by Oneida County Court Judge Robert L. Bauer on Friday to three to six years in state prison on a charge of third-degree possession of a weapon.

Authorities said around 10:48 p.m. Sept. 4, 2020, Taylor threatened a woman with a loaded gun during a domestic dispute and he was taken into custody by the Utica Police Department on multiple charges. Authorities said Taylor was placed in handcuffs, leg shackles and into the back of a police van, at which point Officer Matthew Felitto repeatedly kicked Taylor in the face and upper chest with his boot. The incident was captured on camera.

Authorities said Taylor was injured in the attack and he eventually settled a lawsuit with the City of Utica in 2021 for $150,000. Felitto pleaded guilty in Federal Court in January 2022 to violating Taylor’s civil rights. Felitto resigned from the Utica Police Department and he is due to pay a $7,500 fine when he returns to court for sentencing on May 25.

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