Felon Attacks Nevada Judge During Sentencing

(ReliableNews.org) – Judges are supposed to be safe from defendants when they enter the courtroom. They even have security in criminal courts to prevent violence. Unfortunately, a Nevada judge recently had a terrifying encounter in her courtroom.

On January 3, felon Deobra Delone Redden, 30, went before Judge Mary Kay Holthus of the Clark County District Court to be sentenced on charges of extortion and coercion with force. He spoke to the judge during the hearing and told her that he was going to turn his life around. He said he wasn’t “a rebellious person,” and didn’t think he should be incarcerated. However, he said that if Holthus thought it was appropriate, then he accepted that.

As the judge began reading his sentence and made it clear she was going to lock him up, the defendant ran across the courtroom and leaped over the judge’s bench. Redden grabbed the judge’s hair and took her to the ground. Video of the incident showed the judge falling to the ground with the defendant on top of her. Others in the courtroom, including Holthus’ clerk, came to her aid. The clerk is seen repeatedly punching Redden in the side of his body as others try to subdue him.

One of the marshals was taken to the hospital after the brawl. He was treated for a dislocated shoulder and a cut on his forehead. Holthus suffered minor injuries, but she wasn’t hospitalized.

Redden was charged with seven new counts of battery on a protected person. He refused to return to court after the incident. He’s currently jailed on a $54,000 bail, and a judge scheduled a new hearing for January 9. Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson told The Associated Press that Redden has an extensive criminal history that includes mostly violent offenses. He believes the defendant is “an extreme danger to the community and a flight risk” and should be held without bail.

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