Reno County DA describes courtoom attack

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- The Reno County District Attorney is now speaking out about an attempt by a defendant to choke him to death during a court proceeding.

Monday Michael Sherman was sentenced to 21 years in prison for the attempted murder of prosecutor Keith Schroeder.

Schroeder stands in the same courtroom where defendant Michael Sherman choked him with handcuff chains and explained what happened.

"He stepped back", said Schroeder pointing to the defendant's t able in the courtroom. "Then he dove taking us off the table and onto the floor. and the scuff marks are still there."

Schroeder says Sherman was mad at him because he wouldn't consider a plea deal on Sherman's child molestation case. But he says it's the first time he's ever been attacked in court.

"I was trying to keep him from getting the chains around my neck too tight and assumed there would be help from law enforcement quickly", said Schroeder.

And there was. Even the judge jumped in to help free Schroeder who bore the marks of the attack.

"It left some chain marks", said Schroeder. "I had a good chain tattoo on my neck for a couple of weeks. I had an abrasion on my forehead, a few knots and bumps."

Schroeder said he hopes the lengthy sentence that Sherman received will send a message to anyone that attacking someone in a courtroom is not a good idea.

Sherman's 21 year sentence for the courtroom attack will be served after he completes his 12 year sentence for sexual abuse of a child.


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