Suspected Religious Fanatic Admits Damaging Statues, Faces Judge

November 16, 2011 Updated Nov 16, 2011 at 8:30 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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November 16, 2011 Updated Nov 16, 2011 at 8:30 PM EDT


Buffalo/Cheektowaga, NY (WKBW)- 30-year-old Michael Taylor was indicted by an Erie County Grand Jury and charged with Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree, a class D felony. Taylor admits he severely damaged 3 statues at Saint Philip the Apostle Church in Cheektowaga last September. Taylor says he's not remorseful for his action because he believes he's doing God's work, according to his attorney Frank Bybel.

"He believes in his head that he did the right thing," said Bybel. "He wants a jury to decide his guilt or innocence. He wants to testify. He's never doubted what he did and believes he has a right to do what he did because it's God's work."

In addition to finding 3 statues severely damaged in the early morning of September 8th, the pastor of the Roman Catholic Church also found a note with bible verses citing quotes about false idols and gods. Taylor remains at the Erie County Holding Center Wednesday evening with bail set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. His attorney says he's refused a plea deal. A local craftsman was able to restore and repair the damaged statues for the church. Taylor is due back in court on December 5th.