Sometimes an apology is best expressed through song.

That's definitely what 21-year-old Brian Earl Taylor thought when a Michigan judge convicted him of unlawful imprisonment and carrying a concealed weapon on March 10—a verdict which carries a maximum sentence of 17 years. Taylor sang the court an Adele-inspired apology, obviously drawn from the singer's recent hit "Hello," after Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Darlene O'Brien administered the conviction. Watch the video above. 

Taylor devised his own lyrics, taking cues from the British diva: 

"I want to say I'm sorry for the things I've done and I'll try and be stronger in this life I chose, but I want you to know—that door, I closed. And your honor I'm sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry."

As Michigan Live notes, Taylor was sentenced to two years for illegally carrying a concealed weapon and anywhere from 18 months to 15 years for unlawful imprisonment. When he's released from prison, he hopes to attend Eastern Michigan University and earn a degree in Business Administration.