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W.Va. man convicted in federal courtroom incident in Wheeling

Reported by: Associated Press
Friday, January 31, 2014 3:13 AM EST

A man who stormed out of a federal courtroom has been convicted of two counts of obstructing and resisting an officer.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld said Thursday that 43-year-old Michael Behrens of Triadelphia was convicted of the misdemeanor offenses in federal court in Wheeling.

Ihlenfeld says spectators at the criminal trial of Behrens' brother had been advised to keep comments and emotions to themselves upon hearing the verdict. But Ihlenfeld says Behrens kicked a bench, made a verbal outburst and left the courtroom.

Deputy U.S. marshals ordered him to stop in the lobby to be taken back to court. He refused and a struggle ensued. Behrens was restrained, taken to a holding cell and returned to the courtroom.

Behrens faces up to a year in prison on each count.


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