Nevada judge attacked in court by defendant who was denied probation

 January 5, 2024

Shocking video footage from a Nevada courtroom this week shows a felony battery defendant violently attacking the presiding judge in his case, leading to a brawl involving lawyers and court staff, as Breitbart reports.

The startling scene unfolded when Deobra Delone Redden, 30, stood before the court on a charge of attempted battery with substantial bodily harm, attempting to explain the ways in which he has worked to reform his behavior and change his life for the better.

As USA Today explained, Redden's lawyers requested that Judge Mary Kay Holthus consider probation for their client, prompting the jurist to speak from the bench about the defendant's past criminal record and why she was reluctant to grant leniency in the case.

“I appreciate that but I think it's time he get a taste of something else because I just can't with that history,” Holthus began.

According to the outlet, Redden's troubling record included three prior felony convictions, including counts of attempted theft, battery with substantial bodily harm, and domestic violence battery.

Once it became clear to Redden which way the judge was leaning in terms of his probation request, he leaped over the podium in seemingly superhuman fashion and flew toward Holthus to physically attack her.

Holthus fell to the floor and three other individuals in the courtroom swiftly attempted to intervene and subdue Redden, with an American flag toppling over onto the judge in the melee. WATCH:

As CBS News reported, after the incident, Redden told corrections officials that he had hoped to kill Holthus, given that he had been having a “bad day.”

On Thursday, Clark County District Court Chief Judge Jerry Wiese shared a statement issued by Holthus, who reportedly sustained some injuries in the incident, but did not require hospitalization.

Wiese said, “She wanted me to thank all of the well-wishers and others who have expressed concern for her and her staff.”

“She is extremely grateful for those who took brave action during the attack,” he added.

One of the courtroom staffers who jumped into the fray in defense of the judge was hospitalized for a gash on his forehead as well as a dislocated shoulder, and another required treatment for multiple cuts to the hand.

As a result of his impulsive attack, Redden was jailed on new charges that include extortion, coercion with force, and battery on a protected person, ensuring that his legal battles are far from over.