Defendant who unleashed stinky courtroom surprise faces judge again

Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 @ 9:58 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 23, 2016 @ 2:24 PM

            Man sentenced to 40 years throws feces in court
Man sentenced to 40 years throws feces in court

The Ohio man who unleashed a foul retort after he received a 40-year prison sentence was back in court a day later, facing new charges.

Ricky Hand, 46, pleaded not guilty to the new charges, which included harassment with bodily substance — one for his attorney and four deputies; obstructing official business and retaliation.

An additional $30,000 bond was made in his case. But even if he posts bond he will not be released because he is awaiting transportation to the state prison.

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In court Hand told the judge he was “sorry for being a criminal” and admitted the bodily fluids were his own feces and urine.

He was in a wheelchair and handcuffed to the wheelchair for the arraignment.

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An investigation is now underway into a breakdown in Clark County Common Pleas court safety protocol that allowed Hand to sneak his own feces into the courtroom and throw it at people.

Hand was being sentenced for a series of robberies Wednesday and hid bottles full of bodily fluids in his pants to smuggle them into the courtroom, said Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly. 

“Did you just give me 40 years? Sir? You just gave me 40 years. Well guess what?” Hand said and then reached for something in a sling he was wearing due to a previous injury.

He pulled out the feces out and threw it, hitting his defense lawyer. He was then tackled by deputies in the court and told them he had multiple bottles of the feces hidden on his body.

Hand should have been checked before being allowed before a judge, Kelly said.

Extra deputies were in the courtroom Wednesday because it had been reported before the sentencing that Hand might bring feces to the court, according to court records, but the Sheriff said Hand was not checked before he entered the court.

“If we would have followed our procedures and policies this would not have happened,” Kelly said.

The feces hit Hand’s defense attorney and got on four deputies who restrained the man, according to court records.

Hand is currently booked in the Clark County Jail, awaiting his transfer to the Ohio Department of Corrections.

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