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Man who attacked deputy US marshal while trying to file pro se federal suit gets 2 years

Posted Jul 1, 2013 1:30 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Noting that Larry Paul Delaney had a history of assaulting law enforcement officers, the U.S. Marshal's office sent four deputies to arrest him on an outstanding warrant at a federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., two years ago. The warrant came to their attention when Delaney went through security en route to the clerk's office to file a pro se lawsuit.

But it took five deputies to get the cuffs on their man. One was injured as he was repeatedly kicked by Delaney after the deputy ducked to avoid a punch and fell, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

The assault on the deputy resulted in a two-year prison sentence last week. U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola Jr. also recommended that Delaney, who was homeless and suffering from psychiatric problems at the time of the July 20, 2011 attack, be sent to the Federal Medical Center prison in Butner, N.C. After he is released he will be supervised for three years at an Orlando area halfway house.

At issue in the original warrant was Delaney's failure to register as a sex offender, and he also pleaded guilty to state charges concerning that crime.

See also:

ABAJournal.com: "Man arrested in clerk’s office as he was trying to file a federal suit pleads guilty in assault case"

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