Criminal Justice

Man gets 21 years for courtroom attack on district attorney

Convicted in June of attempted first-degree murder for a courtroom attack last year on a Kansas district attorney during a sentencing hearing, a 27-year-old Hutchinson man was sentenced Monday to more than 21 years in prison.

The new term will run consecutive to the more than 12-year term to which Michael Sherman was sentenced last year in a child-molestation case, KWCH reports.

Although restrained with leg irons and a belly chain, Sherman jumped on Reno County District Attorney Keith Schroeder in July 2013 as the DA was seated at the defense table. Schroeder and other witnesses said Sherman got the DA in a headlock and tried to choke him, using the shackles, according to earlier Associated Press and Hutch Post articles.

Sherman’s defense counsel argued there was no evidence of premeditation, or that Sherman had tried to kill Schroeder.

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