A man from Ohio knocked out a courtroom Tuesday after being punched by his lawyer shortly after he was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
Judge Nancy Margaret Russo sentenced 42-year-old David Chislton to nearly two dozen indictments, Cleveland reported. He pleaded guilty to "assaulting his girlfriend and torching the Miles Landing apartment complex at Warrensville Heights in 2017," WKYC reported. The incident began after Chislton and his girlfriend quarreled. He set fire to the second floor of the building, which caused significant structural damage and displaced several families.
Moments after Russo's conviction of Chislton in the Cuyahoga Common Pleas County courtroom, Chislton, handcuffed to the front, hit Brockler, who was standing to his left, reported Cleveland.com. The media reported that the two men had fallen to the ground and Chislton had also bitten the lawyer's leg before training him.
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Brockler told FOX 8 Cleveland that he was about to talk to Chislton before the shot was worn.
"I went to him and said," I'll come privately to discuss your options, "and before I could say the words, I just got my fist sucked into the side of my head." Said Brockler at FOX 8 Cleveland.
Brockler said he was suffering from a broken nose and a concussion. The lawyer said he was lucky not to have been hurt more seriously.
"I'm lucky not to take my hand in my hands and smother me with handcuffs, or you know, he could have gone to see the judge." It's not a good situation to be handcuffed to the front, in my opinion, "said Brockler.
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Russo told Cleveland.com that she hoped Brockler would recover fully.
"People do not understand what we live on daily in this building," she said.
A spokesman for Cuyahoga County told the station that they were filing new charges against Chislton as a result of the attack.