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TRUMBULL COUNTY Man spits at judge after being sentenced



Published: Wed, May 8, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The defendant, who acted as his own attorney, was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

By PEGGY SINKOVICH

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

WARREN -- A 21-year-old Howland man may receive additional prison time for spitting at a Trumbull County Common Pleas judge who sentenced him.

Tommy R. Reese, of Athens Drive, Howland, became irate when he was sentenced to 25 years Tuesday. He kicked over the courtroom lectern, screamed profanities and spit twice at Judge Andrew Logan.

Charles Morrow, an assistant Trumbull County prosecutor, said it's not yet certain if Reese will face criminal charges for his actions in the courtroom. Deputies took pictures of the courtroom and said they will investigate.

Reese was convicted last week of two counts of felonious assault, two counts of attempted murder and one count each of criminal damaging and aggravated menacing.

Acted as his own attorney

Reese, who acted as his own attorney, opted to have his case heard by the judge instead of a jury. The judge issued the guilty verdicts after a four-hour trial.

Morrow said Reese could have received 28 years in prison.

Howland police said that on July 30, Reese and a family member began arguing and Reese started stabbing the relative.

Police said the relative ran outside and, as Reese chased him, a passer-by who lived on the street stopped his car and tried to intervene.

Reese stabbed that man, too. One victim was able to get away and call police.

No serious injuries were reported.




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