Convicted Criminal Launched Brutal Court Attack
Chaos erupted in a Las Vegas Court on Wednesday after a judge was attacked by a convicted criminal mid-sentencing.
Judge Mary Kay Holthus from the Clark County District Court was about to give her judgment on convicted criminal Deobra Delone Redden when he leaped out from where he was standing and violently attacked the judge.
Redden, a three-time felon, appeared before the judge on a charge of attempted battery with substantial bodily harm.
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According to News Now, Redden had requested the judge grant him probation for his latest conviction. Ho
“I would like to tell the courts and everyone here that based on my criminal history, I feel… I feel that like I shouldn’t be like sent to prison for a second time,” Redden pleaded before Holthus. “ I feel like I shouldn’t be sent to prison, but if it’s appropriate for you then you have to do what you have gotta do.”
Holthus, who was about to deny Redden’s appeal, said “I think it’s time he get a taste of something else” when the convicted felon lounged for the judge and brutally attacked her.
Footage of the incident shows Redden brutally beating the judges with two men, including the court’s bailiff trying to restrain him. Holthus can be heard pleading with the convicted felon to get off her.
A court spokesperson said the judge hit her head but was fine. The spokesperson revealed that Holthus’ injuries were being monitored. A marshal suffered a large gash to the head to his forehead and was rushed to the hospital where he remains in stable condition.
“We commend the heroic acts of her staff, law enforcement, and all others who subdued the defendant,” the court spokesperson said in a statement. “The court remains committed to a safe and secure courthouse and courtrooms. We are reviewing all our protocols and will do whatever is necessary to protect the judiciary, the public and our employees.”
Democratic Nevada Attorney General Aaron wished Holthus and the judge a swift recovery.
“Sending our sincerest well wishes to District Court Judge Mary Kay Holthus and the marshal injured in her courtroom today,” Ford said in a statement. “Your dedication to justice and the court are truly commendable. We wish you both a swift recovery.”
Redden now faces new charges of battery and battery on a protected person. One count of the battery-on-a-protected-person charge indicated the victim was “substantially harmed.” He was due in court on the new charges at 9 a.m. Thursday.