Nevada judge attacked in courtroom during sentencing
In Las Vegas, Nevada, Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Mary Kay Holthus was attacked and injured by a defendant during a sentencing hearing on Wednesday.
The incident occurred when the defendant, Deobra Redden, jumped over the bench, according to Nevada State News.
During the hearing for a charge of attempted battery with substantial bodily harm, Redden attacked Judge Holthus, the court's public information officer reported. Judge Holthus sustained injuries and is currently under observation, while a courtroom marshal, also injured in the attack, received hospital treatment.
Attorney General Aaron D. Ford expressed support, saying, "Sending our sincerest well wishes to District Court Judge Mary Kay Holthus and the marshal injured in her courtroom today. Your dedication to justice and the court are truly commendable. We wish you both a swift recovery."
The courtroom video, released by Nevada Judges, captured the incident. It shows Judge Holthus falling back against a wall after being attacked.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the 30-year-old Redden, with an arrest record dating back to 2011, has been convicted of three felonies, including attempted theft in 2015, battery with substantial bodily harm in 2018, battery constituting domestic violence in 2021, and two misdemeanors: battery in 2016 and destruction of property in 2023.