By JEREMY BLUM, Storyful
CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio (CIRCA via STORYFUL) — A Cleveland man sentenced to 47 years in prison lashed out at his attorney Tuesday in a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas courtroom, breaking the lawyer’s nose and giving him a concussion.
Police bodycam footage shows the scuffle, when 42-year-old David Chislton reacted to the news of his sentence from Judge Nancy Margaret Russo, and attacked defense attorney Aaron Brockler.
According to reports from FOX 8 Cleveland and Cleveland.com, Brockler said that he was about to console his client after the sentencing when Chislton sucker-punched him in the head. Brockler added that the attack could have been prevented, as Chislton’s hands were unusually cuffed at his front, rather than his back, during the trial.
Chislton pleaded guilty to setting a Warrensville Heights apartment complex on fire in 2017 and holding his girlfriend hostage at gunpoint.