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By Farnoush Amiri
An Ohio man punched his lawyer in the face in court on Tuesday after finding out he was sentenced to nearly five decades in prison. The altercation, captured by video by a shey's native body cameraman in Cuyahoga County, shows David Chislton, 42, allegedly assaulting his defense attorney after finding out he was sentenced to 47 years in prison
Chislton had pleaded guilty to domestic abuse, aggravated arson, felonious assault and cruelty against a companion animal, according to Cleveland.com
He is now faced with more charges after Tuesday's assault, according to NBC affiliate WKYC
Aaron Brockler, Chislton's attorney, was standing next to his handcuffed
"I turned to him because I was about to tell him that I will come and meet him privately to see if here was anything we could do to reduce the sentence but before I could even open my mouth I heard a swoosh sound, "Brockler told the news station.
"All I remember is waking up on the floor underneath the table," he said.
Brockler was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for a concussion
"I felt blessed that it was just a busted nose and a concussion, "he said. "
Common Pleas Court Administrative Judge John J. Russo responded to the altercation in an emailed statement on Thursday, wishing the attorney and "What happened in Courtroom 18-C today was unfortunate, and we are thankful that Attorney Aaron Brockler was not more seriously injured," the statement said.
The charges against Chislton stem from an hour-long standoff with police in 2017 after a domestic violence disturbance turned into a fire at an apartment complex, causing significant damage and displacing several families, according to WKYC