In a Las Vegas courtroom in Nevada, a convicted felon lashed out at Judge Mary Kay Holthus after she denied him probation, causing chaos and injuring both the judge and a marshal.
The incident occurred around 11 am when Deobra Redden, a three-time felon, was being sentenced. His attorney pleaded for probation, but Judge Holthus, citing his history, declined leniency.
Unexpectedly, Redden leaped over the bench, attacking the judge and causing disruption in the otherwise serene court. He grappled with court officers, attempting to reach the judge even after being restrained.
As a result, Judge Holthus sustained a minor head injury, and a marshal was also hurt during the scuffle. District Attorney Steve Wolfson commended those who helped stop the altercation, acknowledging that without their intervention, the situation could have escalated further.
Wolfson asserted confidence in repercussions for Redden, acknowledging his extremely violent behavior. Records indicate Redden’s aggressive history, including threats and previous convictions for battery and malicious destruction of property.
Earlier assessments deemed Redden unfit for trial, necessitating a competency test, and he was held at a state behavior facility until deemed competent in October.
He admitted to charges in November but missed court proceedings in December, prompting warrants for his arrest.
Following this recent attack, Redden faces new charges of battery and battery on a protected person, indicating significant harm caused to the victim. His prior encounters with the law include a stint in prison for battery charges in 2021 and a history of violent behavior.