David Chislton was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
(Warrensville Heights Police)
An Ohio man stunned a courtroom Tuesday after he reportedly sucker-punched his lawyer just moments after he was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
Judge Nancy Margaret Russo sentenced David Chislton, 42, on nearly two dozen charges, Cleveland.com reported. He pled guilty to “assaulting his girlfriend and setting fire to the Km, the Landing apartment complex in Warrensville Heights in 2017,” WKYC reported. The incident began after Chislton and his girlfriend got into an argument. He fire in the building of the second floor, which caused significant structural damage and displaced families.
Moments after Russo sentenced Chislton in the Cuyahoga County common pleas court, Chislton, which was struck from the front, sucker-punched Brockler, who stood to his left, Cleveland.com reported. The media outlet reported the two men fell to the ground and Chislton also a little bit the advocate of the pipes, before he was dragged away.
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Brockler told FOX 8 in Cleveland, he was talking with Chislton before the stroke was delivered.
“I went to go to tell him, ‘I’ll come and see you privately to discuss what your options are,’ and before I could even get the words out, I’ve sucker-punched in the middle of the side of the head,” Brockler told FOX 8 Cleveland.
Brockler said he suffered a broken nose and a concussion. The lawyer said that he was lucky he wasn’t hurt more seriously.
“I have had the good fortune that he hath not put his hands around me and choke me with the cuffs, or you know, he could have to the judge. It is not a good situation to be cuffed in the front, in my opinion,” Brockler said.
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Russo told Cleveland.com she hoped Brockler made a full recovery.
“People don’t understand what we go through in this building on a daily basis,” she said.
A Cuyahoga County spokesman told the station they were in the process of filing new charges against Chislton after the attack.