Las Vegas Judge Faces Attacker in Court, Sentences Him to Prison

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge in Las Vegas, Nevada was brutally attacked by a felon, and later sentenced him in court. The incident, which was captured on video, took place on January 3rd when the felon, identified as Redden, landed on top of Judge Holthus during a proceeding. Court officials and officers quickly intervened to restrain him, and Redden was subsequently arrested and jailed at the Clark County Detention Center.

Prior to the attack, Redden had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted battery causing substantial bodily harm. During his court appearance, he requested leniency, describing himself as a person who always strives to do the right thing. However, his request was ultimately denied.

In the aftermath of the attack, Judge Holthus returned to work. Although she suffered some injuries as a result of falling back against a wall, she did not require hospitalization. However, a courtroom marshal who was also involved in the altercation was taken to the hospital for treatment, as he sustained a gash on his forehead and a dislocated shoulder.

Despite the attack, Judge Holthus remained composed and did not mention the incident during the sentencing. Redden received a sentence of 19-48 months behind bars for his actions. The judge clarified that the sentencing was not influenced by the attack, emphasizing that any future issues arising from the incident would be handled in a different court.

In addition to the charges related to the attack, Redden faces 13 separate charges. He is scheduled to appear in court again on January 16th.

The incident serves as a reminder of the risks faced by judges and court officials in the pursuit of justice. The video footage of the attack underscores the need for proper security measures within courtrooms to protect those involved in legal proceedings.