Trials & Litigation

Man who punched his own lawyer is convicted, gets 34 years, plus 6 months, and faces new charges


A man who punched his own lawyer in the face last week when the attorney argued against the client’s desire to fire him has been acquitted on an an attempted murder count even though he subsequently appeared in front of the Ohio jury in restraints.

But Dionte Lummus was convicted of robbery, kidnapping and felonious assault in the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court case that concerned the 2011 robbery of a grocery owner, who was shot in the head but survived, WKRC reports.

Lummus was sentenced to 34 years plus another six months for contempt for the attack on attorney, William Oswall.

And the defendant also faces new charges of assault on an officer of the court (for punching Oswall) and escape (he tried to bolt from the courtroom after taking a swing at Oswall), the Columbus Dispatch reports.

No one was seriously hurt in the fray, which ended when a court deputy tackled Lummus.

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