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Man Gets 20 Years for Threat to Judge, Erupts in Court

Alan McCarty called 911 and promised to kill a judge he mistakenly identified
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2018 6:15 PM CDT
Alan McCarty.   (Volusia County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – Florida's Alan McCarty has made clear he does not like judges, and he will spend the next 20 years in prison as a result. The 36-year-old received the 20-year sentence this week—along with an extra 10 days for contempt of court, a penalty more serious than it sounds—for calling 911 last year and promising to kill a judge he mistakenly believed had ruled against him in a custody case, reports the Daytona Beach News Journal. During Wednesday's sentencing in front of a different judge, Matt Foxman, McCarty had to be removed from the courtroom as Foxman listed his offenses. “What a bunch of (expletive) lies you stupid piece of (expletive),” McCarty yelled. “You threatened my life, (expletive, expletive). (Expletive) you, you (expletive, expletive).”

Foxman explained that he was tacking on the 10-day contempt of court sentence for a variety of reasons, including one particular McCarty outburst during the trial. “You also offered me to perform a sex act upon you, which I politely declined and still do to this day for whatever that’s worth,” Foxman said. The extra 10 days will be served when the 20-year sentence is done, and it's no small thing, explains the News Journal. It means that McCarty won't be able to participate in a work-release program while in prison. McCarty also was convicted of threatening 911 dispatchers, reports GateHouse Media Florida, which notes that because of his courtroom behavior, McCarty had to observe most of his trial from behind one-way glass. (Read more Florida stories.)

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