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Well, here’s a unique way to apologize to a judge.

Brian Earl Taylor, a 25-year old man, belted out a reworking of Adele‘s smash hit “Hello” during his trial for unlawful imprisonment and illegally carrying a concealed weapon in Detroit.


Taylor was arrested after police found holding a man in a vehicle agains his will while holding a gun to his stomach. Taylor operated with two other men, who helped him rob their 23-year-old temporary prison after the terrorizing joyride was over.

When he was given a chance to speak at his sentencing, Taylor broke out into a song, beginning with “Hello there, your honour,” a ballad that shared the melody of Adele’s “Hello,” and continued with “I want to say I’m sorry for the things I’ve done.” Judge Darlene O’Brien was welcoming of the delivery of Taylor’s apology, telling him that he’s “obviously talented.” Taylor also dedicated the number to the victim of his crimes, and his mother.

Watch a video clip of his courtroom performance above.