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Louisa man ordered to pay fine for trespassing at Cantor event

A Louisa County man is ordered to pay a $100 fine after being convicted Thursday of trespassing at an event for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor last year.
Jonathan Taylor, a member of the Louisa Democratic Committee, was convicted of tresspassing in Louisa County Circuit Court Thursday.
Judge Tomothy K. Sanner found Taylor not guilty of obstruction of justice and a disorderly conduct charge was dropped. The trial lasted three hours.
According to Chief Deputy Commonwealth Attorney Rusty McGuire, Taylor refused to leave Solid Grounds Coffee House on Oct. 25 after the owner, Ray Minter, asked him to leave.
Minter was hosting an event for Cantor, who was campaigning in the area. Cantor’s opponent, Rick Waugh, is a Louisa resident.
Taylor had been convicted of the three charges in February in general district court, but appealed the decisions.
A nearly two-minute cell phone video taken by Taylor’s son shows Taylor being wrestled to the ground by three deputies during his arrest.

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