Nevada defendant attacks judge during sentencing in Vegas courtroom


Moments after a defendant in a felony battery case attempted to persuade a judge in Nevada that he was turning his violent past around and did not require incarceration, his sentencing went awry: He leaped over a defense table and the judge’s bench, landing on top of her, and causing a bloody brawl with others in the courtroom, including attorneys and officials.

The violent incident that took place on Wednesday was captured on film in the courtroom. The video showed the judge of the Clark County District Court, Mary Kay Holthus, falling back from her seat against a wall as the defendant threw himself over the judge’s bench and grabbed her hair, causing an American flag to fall onto them.

Despite suffering some injuries, the judge was not sent to the hospital, according to officials from the courthouse.

However, when the defendant, Deobra Delone Redden, failed to return to court on Thursday to face new allegations, the judge decided to reschedule his next appearance for January 9th. He was currently being held in jail on a bail of $54,000.

At the age of thirty, Redden is facing thirteen counts, including extortion and coercion with force. Battery against a protected person is the subject of seven of the newly filed charges, which refer to the judge and the officers who came to her assistance.

Wednesday, a number of court and jail officers, as well as members of the courtroom staff, had to wrestle Redden away from the judge. Some of these individuals were seen throwing punches throughout the process.

After suffering a dislocated shoulder and a bleeding gash on his forehead, one of the courtroom marshals made his way to the hospital for medical treatment.

It was not immediately possible to reschedule the sentence of Redden.

There are three felony convictions and nine misdemeanor convictions on the suspect’s criminal record, according to Steve Wolfson, the district attorney for Clark County. The suspect’s criminal record is characterized by primarily violent actions.

As “an extreme danger to the community and a flight risk,” he said that Redden ought to be detained without the possibility of freedom.

According to Wolfson, “He has been violent throughout his entire adult life.”

Caesar Almase, who represented Redden in the defense on Wednesday, declined to comment on Thursday for the media.

Redden was neither shackled or dressed in jail garb when he appeared at the sentencing hearing. This was due to the fact that he had been freed from detention as part of a bargain with the prosecution, in which he pleaded guilty in November to a lesser charge of attempted battery resulting in significant injury.

According to the records submitted to the court, he was initially charged with assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the baseball bat incident.

During the hearing that took place on Wednesday, he stood next to his counsel while wearing a white shirt and dark slacks. He pleaded the judge for leniency and described himself as “a person who never stops trying to do the right thing no matter how difficult it is.”

One of his statements before the judge was, “I am not a rebellious person.” He went on to say that he did not believe that he should be sentenced to prison. “However, if it is suitable for you, then you are obligated to carry out the actions that you are required to carry out.”

Redden yelled profanities and charged forward as the judge made it quite obvious that she meant to place him in jail, and the court marshal moved to handcuff him and take him into custody. This occurred in the midst of shouts from individuals who had been sitting with him in the audience of the courthouse, including his foster mother.


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