KEYSTONE, Colorado " Eric Taylor, the former Keystone, Colorado bar employee convicted of sexual assault, was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison on Monday, almost one year after attacking a patron in an employee-only bathroom at The Goat Soup and Whiskey Tavern.
Taylor was found guilty by a Summit County jury in mid-September, despite his contention that it was a consensual encounter.
"Obviously this was a big victory for us," District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said. "We're very happy with the sentence the judge handed down. This was a very serious crime."
According to witness statements made during the three-day trial, Taylor was escorting a female patron down to the bathroom when he shut her in the room and forced her to have sex with him while grabbing her by the throat.
Taylor was arrested shortly after leaving The Goat, and he later was charged with sexual assault, unlawful sexual conduct, assault with a deadly weapon (in this case, Taylor's hands were considered a weapon), false imprisonment and menacing.
He was convicted on all counts.
Taylor, originally from Tennessee, was working as a cook at The Goat and was renting an apartment across the street at the time of the incident.
Sexual assault is a Class 3 felony, and on that charge Taylor was sentenced to 28 years to life. The second-degree assault charge resulted in an additional sentence of 12 years.