Posted Sep 16, 2013 10:50 pm CDT
A defendant in a California attempted murder case who reportedly slashed his lawyer in the face with a razor blade in front of the jury and a visiting group of high school students last year during trial is set to spend decades in prison.
Eduardo Macias, 33, had to represent himself for the remainder of the trial, was convicted, and got 64 years to life, plus another 35 years, at his San Diego sentencing on Monday, California News Service reports.
Macias pleaded guilty in May to attempted mayhem, apparently concerning his courtroom attack on attorney William Burgener, who had to get stitches for a cut on his cheek.
Macias reportedly brought the razor blade to court in his mouth.
ABAJournal.com: “High School Civics Lesson in Criminal Court Includes Seeing Lawyer Slashed with Razor Blade”
ABAJournal.com: “Judge Says Man Who Slashed His Counsel’s Face in Front of Jury Will Be Pro Se for Rest of Trial”
San Diego Union-Tribune: “Defendant who slashed lawyer gives closing argument”