MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a Uniondale man was convicted late Tuesday of attempting to murder his wife in October 2015.
Michael Taylor, 52, was convicted by a jury of:
Attempted Murder in the 2nd Degree (a B violent felony)
Two counts of Attempted Assault in the 1st Degree (a C violent felony)
Two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd Degree (a D felony)
Two count of Aggravated Criminal Contempt (a D felony)
Endangering the Welfare of a Child (an A misdemeanor)
The trial started on April 16 and the jury deliberated approximately two hours. The defendant was remanded is due back for sentencing before Acting Supreme Court Justice Howard Sturim on June 27. He faces a determinate sentence of a minimum of eight years and a maximum of 25 years in prison.
“It was clear that the defendant’s intent was to kill his wife when he swung a weapon at her head and then stabbed her repeatedly with a meat cleaver,” DA Singas said. “Thanks to the heroic actions of her daughter, the victim is alive today. Domestic abuse is a scourge on our society and with this verdict Michael Taylor is being held accountable for his brutal actions.”
DA Singas said that at approximately 12:25 a.m. on October 3, 2015, the defendant attacked the 53-year old victim, his then wife. When he swung a metal pole at the woman’s head, the victim put her hands up to defend herself and her fingers were crushed, resulting in multiple surgeries. The defendant then grabbed a meat cleaver and stabbed her head and back.
The victim was able to flee with the aid of her daughter, and the daughter called 911. The Nassau County Police Department arrived and the defendant fled to the basement. Responding officers attempted to contact the defendant for two hours and the NCPD Bureau of Special Operations unit found the defendant hiding in a basement wall space and placed him under arrest. The defendant told responding officers that he slept in the wall. The victim was treated at a nearby hospital for her injuries.
The defendant was acquitted of one count of Attempted Assault in the 1st Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd Degree.
Senior Litigation Counsel Jared Rosenblatt and Assistant District Attorney Paul Van Wie of DA Singas’ Special Victims Bureau are prosecuting the case. Taylor is represented by Dana Grossblatt, Esq.