Crime

Man Throws Feces In Court After Verdict (Video)

| by Zara Zhi
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An Ohio man facing numerous armed robbery charges was so upset with his sentence that he did the unimaginable in court (video below).

On June 22 , Ricky Hand, 46, from Springfield, pleaded guilty to a slew of armed robbery charges.

He apologized for his crimes in front of Common Pleas Judge Richard O’Neill and said his drug addiction was to blame, reports WHIO.

“I need help with the core of my problem, and that’s drugs,” Hand said.

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This judge looked an inmate square in the eyes and did something that left the entire courtroom in tears:

He was facing a maximum of 52 years in prison for seven of the initial 30 charges he’d been indicted on. The charges included breaking and entering, safe-cracking, aggravated robbery, and abduction and attempted safe-cracking.

In October 2011, Hand was sentenced to four years in prison for robbery, according to Clark County court records.

Hand was given a 40-year prison sentence, which caught him off guard. He looked repeatedly at his attorney asking “40 years?”

“Did you just give me 40 years, sir?” Hand asked the judge.

When O’Neill confirmed the sentence, Hand stood up in the courtroom and brought out a bottle from his pants containing his feces and urine. He flung the contents at people in the courtroom. The bodily wastes hit his own lawyer and four deputies before Hand was tackled by security.

Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly says Hand brought four hidden bottles with him to court. Hand told investigators he collected the feces and urine in his cell for weeks. According to The Associated Press, the convict was not patted down before his trial because he came directly from prison.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office procedure states any defendants accompanied by deputies to court are to be examined before and after court.

“It’s very clear and our policies I believe are very strong,” Kelly said.

Now, deputies are holding an internal investigation into what went wrong. Kelly has acknowledged that Hand should have been checked before his court appearance, according to WHIO.

Hand is due back in court on June 23 to face five new counts of harassment with a bodily substance, along with charges of obstructing official business and retaliation.

Sources: WHIO, AP via KDKA / Photo credit: Clark County Sheriff’s Department via KDKA

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