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Alleged Ebby’s shooter slated to plead guilty

The suspect being escorted out of Ebby’s after being taken into custody. (Andrew Harris/WYDaily)

A man accused of shooting a Williamsburg auto body shop employee in July is set to take a plea deal in the new year.

Michael Sean Taylor, 41, is scheduled to plead guilty Feb. 1 in the York-Poquoson Circuit Court, according to court documents.

Taylor is charged with attempted first-degree murder, shooting into an occupied building, four counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, two counts of abduction by force or intimidation, malicious wounding.

Court documents do not specify whether Taylor will plead guilty to some or all of the charges on Feb. 1.

Taylor is accused of shooting Joey St. Clair, an auto painter at Ebby’s, on July 25. Sheriff’s office investigators have said the shooting was domestic-related.

A criminal complaint filed in the York-Poquoson General District Court says Taylor came up to an employee outside in front of Ebby’s and demanded to see “Joey the painter,” then shot a handgun down into a pillar at the front entrance of the business.

Taylor “forced” the man and another employee to lead him into the back garage of the shop, where he fired another shot into a vehicle and demanded to see St. Clair.

Michael Sean Taylor (Courtesy VPRJ)
Michael Sean Taylor (Courtesy VPRJ)

When the three men went into another bay where St. Clair was working on a vehicle, Taylor allegedly fired a round into St. Clair’s abdomen, causing him to fall to the floor.

Taylor shot St. Clair several more times when he was on the ground, documents state.

Taylor barricaded himself inside the building for several hours following the shooting, sheriff’s office officials said.

The complaint states Taylor admitted to shooting St. Clair after he was apprehended.

“The accused admitted to getting up the morning of 7/25/2017, retrieving two of his handguns and a shotgun, and going to Ebby’s with the intention of shooting Joseph St. Clair,” the complaint states. “During the interview, the accused stated that he ‘…hopes that mother f—-r dies.’”

WYDaily archives were used in this story.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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