A judge in Las Vegas, Nevada, was attacked and assaulted by a criminal in court on Wednesday morning after she sentenced him to prison.
A judge assaults a convicted criminal
Judge Mary Kay Holthus of Clark County District Court was in the middle of sentencing Deobra Dillon Redden for aggravated battery with great bodily harm after being denied bail when he jumped from where he was standing to the judge's bench and attacked her, the Daily Mail reported. As he rushed towards the stunned judge, Redden could be heard saying: “Fuck that bitch.”
Both Holthus and her marshal tried to dodge the attack, but Redden overtook them and proceeded to beat up the judge. Shocking video footage shows Redden repeatedly punching the judge while screaming obscenities as security officers tried to restrain him.
Judge Holthus begged Redden to stay away from her, but he continued the attack until he was finally subdued. Judge Holthus reportedly “sustained some injuries” from this attack, but was not hospitalized. However, its captain was taken to hospital and had to receive stitches due to a head injury.
“We commend the heroic actions of her employees, law enforcement, and all others who subdued the defendant,” the Las Vegas District Court told Channel 13. “The court remains committed to a safe and secure court and courtrooms,” she added.
The statement added: “We are reviewing all our protocols and will do everything necessary to protect the judiciary, the public and our employees.”
Redden, 30, has an extensive criminal history in both Nevada and Texas. He was also facing charges of battery, robbery, assault, property damage and coercion, records show.
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Redden begged the judge for leniency
Earlier in Wednesday's hearing, Redden asked the judge for leniency, describing himself as “someone who never stops trying to do the right thing no matter how hard it is.”
“I'm not a rebellious person,” he told the judge, stressing that he should not be sent to prison, ABC News reported. “But if it's right for you, you've got to do what you've got to do.”
But Judge Holthus was unaware of any of this, and made it clear that she intended to send Redden to prison.
“I appreciate that, but I think it's time for him to get a taste of something else, because I can't deal with this history,” Judge Holthus said, according to NBC News.
This was enough to make Redden angry and attack the judge.
“It happened so fast, it was hard to know what to do,” said Richard Scow, the chief county prosecutor who prosecuted Redden.
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Redden hit with new charges
Judge Holthus is a prosecutor with more than 27 years of court experience, and was elected to the state bench in 2018 and again in 2022.
Redden is scheduled to appear in court again today to face several new felony charges of battery and battery against a protected person, the judge and court staff said.
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