Boxer Jermain Taylor avoids prison time for 3 felony charges

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Boxer Jermain Taylor has avoided prison time on several felony charges stemming from three separate incidents in Arkansas, including firing a gun at a Martin Luther King Jr. parade.

Taylor was the professional middleweight boxing champion from 2005 until 2007, and he also won a bronze medal in boxing at the 2000 Olympics.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports ( ) that a Pulaski County Circuit judge on Friday suspended Taylor's 19-year sentence. That means Taylor won't have to go to prison as long as he stays out of trouble, submits to drug testing and performs 120 hours of community service.

Taylor apologized for his actions in court Friday.

Prosecutors also accused Taylor of shooting and wounding his cousin and punching a fellow patient at a rehabilitation clinic.