Judge Sentence Man Who Att@cked, Injured Her In Court | READ DETAILS
30-year-old Deobra Delone Redden, who attac-ked a Clark County District Court Judge, Mary Kay Holthus after he was found guilty of having a connection with a baseball bat a-ttack, has been sentenced to four years imprisonment.
Redden who was facing trial on a felony battery case on Wednesday, January 3, 2024 in Las Vegas, had leaped over the judge’s bench and landed on her when it became clear that he was going to be sentenced to prison, injuring the judge.
It took the intervention of court officials, staff and jail security men to rescue the judge from the convict, however, a marshal was hospitalized with a bleeding gash on his forehead and a dislocated shoulder, while courtroom clerk, Michael Lasso was treated for hand wounds,.
Redden’s foster mother, Karen Springer; and older sister, LaDonna Daniels, had told reporters outside the court room that Redden has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, though court records show he was found competent to stand trial.
“No disrespect. We’re not denying what he did” Springer said.
“He struggles with his illness,” Daniels said, explaining that her brother hadn’t been in treatment recently. “It’s a chemical imbalance. I don’t think sending him to prison will help.”
Countering their claims, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said Redden’s adult criminal history included convictions for three felonies and nine misdemeanors, mostly involving violent acts.
“The community needs to be protected” he said.
Giving judgement on Monday, December 8, the judge sentenced him to 4 years in state prison, explaining that the punishment was handed down in connection with an attempted battery charge dating to 2023 that the defendant pleaded guilty to in November and was in court to be sentenced for on January 3, 2024 when he attacked the judge.
“I want to make it clear I am not changing or modifying the sentence I was in the process of imposing last week before I was interrupted by the defendant’s actions,” the Judge said.
While the sentence could last up to four years, Redden could be paroled in 19 months, depending on his behavior in prison and decisions made by a parole board.
Meanwhile, Redden is billed to appear before a different judge on Tuesday, regarding 15 new felony and misdemeanor charges related to the courtroom attack.