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Courtroom brawl breaks out at Ohio sentencing

Associated Press

CINCINNATI: A court appearance by an Ohio man who fatally shot his girlfriend was marred by a courtroom brawl that injured a sheriff’s deputy.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that it happened Monday as Leonard Lanier was preparing to plead guilty to the slaying last year of Strawberry Edwards.

Authorities said the courtroom erupted when Lanier’s brother and a relative of Edwards began fighting. A prosecutor had her glasses broken and a deputy sheriff suffered a broken finger.

Both brawlers were found to be in contempt of court and were jailed.

When order was restored, 28-year-old Leonard Lanier pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of manslaughter and was sentenced to 28 years in prison.



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