Courtroom brawl breaks out at Ohio sentencing

CINCINNATI (AP) — A court appearance by an Ohio man who fatally shot his girlfriend was marred by a courtroom brawl that injured a sheriff's deputy.

The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/MoXfWN ) reports that it happened Monday as Leonard Lanier was preparing to plead guilty to the slaying last year of Strawberry Edwards.

Authorities said the courtroom erupted when Lanier's brother and a relative of Edwards began fighting. A prosecutor had her glasses broken and a deputy sheriff suffered a broken finger.

Both brawlers were found to be in contempt of court and were jailed.

When order was restored, 28-year-old Leonard Lanier pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of manslaughter and was sentenced to 28 years in prison.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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