CLEVELAND, OHIO — An inmate is facing additional charges after attacking his attorney in court moments after learning of his prison sentence, which was all caught on camera.
Sentenced For Attacking His Girlfriend
Inside a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas courtroom, a judge sentenced David Chislton to 45 years in prison for an April 2017 attack on his girlfriend after she accused him of having a sexual relationship with her 15-year-old daughter.
Chislton set fire to their apartment building on Banbury Court, followed by an hours-long standoff with a SWAT team.
Just as Aaron Brockler was about to turn toward his client and tell him that he was going to try to get his sentence reduced, Chislton sucker-punched him in the face.
The shocking hit caused Chislton and his attorney to fall onto a nearby desk before hitting the floor.
People in the courtroom were taken aback by the ordeal. Some can be heard screaming in complete and utter shock.
Cuyahoga County sheriff’s deputies immediately took action and pulled the inmate off of Chislton.
He Immediately Became Angry
Evidently, Chislton wasn’t expecting to receive such a lengthy sentence as he immediately became angry and took his frustration out on his attorney.
Emergency medical technicians rushed in and wheeled Brockler out of the courtroom and transported him to MetroHealth for an evaluation.
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Although Brockler suffered a broken nose and a possible concussion, he still had his sense of humor as he jokingly said to a reporter: “It was pretty fun.”
Chislton was handcuff with his hands in front of him. Brockler said the incident could have been avoided if he had his hands behind his back.
Common Pleas Court Administrative Judge Nancy Margaret Russo was emotional after the incident took place in her courtroom.
In a statement via email, Russo stated as follows:
“This incident is a reminder that the safety of our employees, citizens, and anyone else in our courtrooms should be a top priority.”
“We thank the deputies and others who responded during the incident for their quick actions, and we encourage the sheriff’s department to fully review safety protocols for court proceedings.”
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley’s office stated that they will be seeking a special prosecutor to handle the case.
Chislton’s violent behavior in the courtroom may have earned him more time on his sentence.
[Featured Photo via Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department]