Mich. man tosses podium, charges judge after sentence

Jan. 7, 2014 at 2:47 PM
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A Michigan man flipped a podium and charged the judge before deputies dragged him from court after being sentenced for murdering his girlfriend, officials say.

Jahleel Hoskins, 26, of Grand Rapids, was sentenced Monday to 50 to 100 years in prison after pleading guilty during testimony Dec. 11 in the homicide trial involving victim Latrice Maze, a mother of five Hoskins was dating. Last March, prosecutors said Hoskins and Maze got into a heated argument after an encounter between Hoskins and the father of two of Maze's children.

Prosecutors said Hoskins strangled Maze and threw her body in a Dumpster, after which it was likely incinerated. He later threw a party at her apartment.

Hoskins did offer a weeping apology to Maze's family during Monday's sentencing hearing. But remorse gave way to rage as Kent County Circuit Court Judge James Robert Redford announced his sentence. Mlive.com said as Redford announced his sentence Hoskins, who was in handcuffs, flipped the podium in front of him and began charging the bench. Courtroom deputies restrained Hoskins, whose eyes were bugged out in rage, the report said.

The confrontation did not end there. Members of Hoskins' family began shouting at the victim's relatives. More deputies were forced to flood the courtroom as members of the two families angrily confronted each other.

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