Las Vegas judge attacked by defendant during sentencing
By TOI Desk Report January 5, 2024 Update on : January 5, 2024
A Nevada man, a defendant in a felony battery case, has attacked a Las Vegas judge as she denied a defendant’s request for probation.
Video from a Clark County district court shows when 30-year-old defendant Deobra Redden runs and leaps toward Judge Mary Kay Holthus in the Las Vegas courtroom Wednesday.
The violence happened in Clark County District Court after the judge denied probation to Redden, 30, in the felony assault case and was preparing to hand down a prison sentence.
The judge was injured following the attack but not hospitalized. A marshal who intervened was taken to hospital but remains in stable condition, the Review-Journal reported.
Moments before the attack, Redden asked the court for leniency and said he did not deserve jail time.
In the video, Redden is seen jumping head-first over the judge’s bench as she attempted to scramble out of the way.
Redden was tackled and punched by two guys and a uniformed court officer as he yelled expletives and threw punches before being dragged away.
Holthus emerged from behind the bench and sustained injuries, a court spokesperson told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
However, court officials and lawyers were not immediately available for comment.
Online jail records showed that Redden, who was in custody in the Clark County jail on Thursday, faces several battery and intimidation of a public officer charges related to Wednesday’s attack.
The records also showed that the man served prison time after he was found guilty of attempted theft in 2019 and 2021 for domestic battery.
However, Redden refused to show up to court Thursday and remains in jail.Read more: Las Vegas judge attacked by defendant during sentencing