A sentencing hearing ended abruptly on Thursday when two brothers attacked the man convicted of killing their mother.
Dale Williams Sr. was being sentenced in a Mahoning County courtroom for the June 2017 murder of Elizabeth Pledger-Stewart.
Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene told NBC News that Pledger-Stewart’s daughter was about to read a victim impact statement when her brothers, Jerome Stewart and Anthony Dees, attacked Williams.
One brother dragged Williams to the floor while the other wore him out.
Deputies did their very best to restrain the brothers and regain order, but they truly had their work cut out for them. At one point, a deputy used his taser to subdue one of the brothers.
Sheriff Greene added that he understood emotions can run high, but their actions in the courtroom was unacceptable.
Stewart, 23, and Dees, 30, were both held in contempt of court and sentenced to 30 days each on charges of assault and obstructing official business.
Dale Williams Sr. was taken to the hospital to be checked out. He will be sentenced at a later date.
According to the outlet, Williams crashed his car into Pledger-Stewart’s vehicle on June 15, 2017, and then shot her multiple times when she got out. Police arrived at the scene as the shooting was taking place and arrested Williams, who knew Pledger-Stewart. He faces up to 23 years to life in prison, WFMJ reports.
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That man killed their mother in cold blood, they should be allowed to “talk to him in private” for 15 minutes.Connect With Us: YouTube | Instagram | Podcast | Amazon | Newsletter | University