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Inmate attacks Kansas prosecutor at hearing

Published on -7/11/2013, 7:07 AM

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) -- A 27-year-old Hutchinson man who sexually assaulted a 4-month-old girl has attacked a Reno County prosecutor while appealing his life sentence.

The attack happened Wednesday while Michael Sherman was objecting to being sentenced under Jessica's Law. The statute mandates a life sentence with no possibility of parole for 25 years for adults convicted of certain sex crimes against children younger than 14.

Sherman had performed oral sodomy on the infant and then turned himself in.

Reno County Sheriff Randy Henderson says that after the judge upheld the original sentence, Sherman jumped on top of prosecutor Keith Schroeder. The sheriff says the shackled Sherman was immediately subdued, and information will be forwarded to the Kansas attorney general's office for possible charges.

Schroeder sustained a slight abrasion to his forehead.

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