Ohio; Murder Victim's father attacks killer in Ohio courtroom
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — The father of a murder victim dived across the defense table, swung at his son's killer and tried to choke him in an eastern Ohio courtroom on Monday before a sheriff and other law enforcement officers pulled the two men apart.
Antonio Clifford, 20, of Cincinnati had just pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence in the July 29, 2006, shooting death of Joshua Ryan Sweat, 28, of Weirton, W.Va.
Sweat was trying to buy drugs behind a Steubenville bar when he was robbed and shot once in the back of the head. He died later at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Before sentencing Clifford on Monday, Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. allowed Sweat's relatives to stand and read statements.
Mike Sweat, the victim's father, approached Clifford saying he wanted to show him a picture. He then attacked and screamed obscenities at Clifford while police wrestled Sweat to the ground.
Sweat was taken to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, where Sheriff Fred Abdalla said he calmed down. Sweat will likely not be charged, Abdalla said.
Admittedly, the man why buying drugs...but he didn't deserve to be robbed and hot from behind. I cannot blame his father for attacking the murderer. Only sad he wasn't able to infilct great bodily harm on this individual.
I can't say I wouldn't do the same if I were the father.
Originally Posted by bakerprune64
I agree 100% with your post. Thank-you.
Much Love and Respect to you,
Very dear SewingDeb,
Originally Posted by SewingDeb
I hope that I do not offend you or anyone else here, but I want to say that I would have snapped his neck instead of choking him.
All of my Love and Respect to you,
No offense taken, Dark Shadows. I'm glad the father will not likely face charges.
You're such a dear, I can't imagine you snapping a neck but under the right circumstances, I think anyone could be driven to it.