CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Suspect tries to attack prosecutor in Las Vegas courtroom
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
A convicted child abuser tried to attack his prosecutors in court on Thursday, Dec. 6.
The intense scuffle, which was caught on camera in Clark County District courtroom, was initiated by Terhain Woods, who was in court to hear his punishment for body slamming a 13-month-old baby.
Now there are new questions regarding courtroom safety.
At the beginning of the video, prosecutor Dena Rinetti can be heard telling Judge Jerry Wiese, "This individual is extremely violent and is a ticking time bomb."
Those were the last words before Judge Weise sentenced Woods, who was in handcuffs and being monitored by a team of correctional officers, to prison.
Woods asked how many years he would spend in prison.
Judge Weise answered, “Eight to 20 [years], plus one to three.”
Chaos then ensued as Woods lunged at the prosecutors.
As people began screaming, officers jumped into the scuffle to hold Woods down.
"I've been practicing law here in Las Vegas for 10 years, and quite frankly, I've never witnessed or been a part of something that disturbing," Michael Troiano, Woods’ attorney, said. "I certainly wasn’t expecting that outburst in the courtroom."
Prosecutors were able to run out of the way, but according to Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson, one was hit with a chair and is going to be okay.
“It’s alarming to see somebody attack prosecutors or any court personnel. The problem, in my opinion, was his location. This inmate was too close to the prosecutors because from my view, he physically tried to attack the prosecutors who are just doing their job,” Wolfson said.
Wolfson added that there will be a review of courtroom security.
“Could we have done something differently? Were there signs? Were there pieces of information that caused red flags to go up? He was not where inmates normally are when they have them in custody for sentencing,” explained Wolfson.
Woods was sentenced up to 23 years in prison, though Troiano said he will be appealing the sentence.
Woods could also face new charges for his behavior in the courtroom.