WATCH: Man Denied Probation Launches Assault on Las Vegas Judge


Deobra Redden, 30, launched a assault on Judge Mary Kay Holthus after being denied probation in a Las Vegas courtroom. The incident unfolded during Mr. Redden’s sentencing for attempted battery with substantial bodily harm.

The video circulating widely on social media captures the moment when Mr. Redden leaps over a courtroom bench, knocking down flags behind the bench and initiating a chaotic scene. Cursing is heard in the background as the view of Judge Holthus and Mr. Redden is momentarily obstructed by the fallen bench. Within seconds, three men attempt to subdue Mr. Redden, resorting to repeated punches.

Judge Holthus, 62, sustained injuries, and her condition is under observation, as reported by the court spokeswoman. Additionally, a court marshal was injured and transported to the hospital, believed to be in stable condition.

The Eighth Judicial District Court released a statement commending the heroic acts of those who subdued the defendant and reaffirming its commitment to a safe and secure courthouse. The court is currently reviewing protocols to enhance safety for judiciary, public, and employees.

While Judge Holthus and Mr. Redden’s lawyer have not responded to requests for comments, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is actively investigating the battery at the courthouse. Two victims, including the judge and the court marshal, were treated at the University Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect, Mr. Redden, is in custody.

Prior to the violent outburst, Mr. Redden’s lawyer had requested probation for his client. However, Judge Holthus, citing Mr. Redden’s criminal history, opted for a different sentence. Court records reveal Mr. Redden’s previous prison time, including a 2015 conviction for attempted theft and a 2021 sentence for domestic battery.

This disturbing incident raises questions about courtroom security, even with existing screening measures. Attacks on court officials, as seen in this case, underscore the need for continuous evaluation and enhancement of security protocols to ensure the safety of all involved in the legal process.