Judge Throws Off Robe to Help Restrain Man In Court


Jackson County Circuit Judge John McBain had clearly had enough of a defiant man in his courtroom.

Jacob Larson was in trouble for stalking a former classmate, a 22-year-old woman.   In August 2015, Judge McBain had ordered the man to stop, but at this December 2015 hearing, the woman said, “He’s not leaving me alone,” and said he had sent her 22 Facebook messages.

Larson continued to argue defiantly, saying “She’s instigating it,” claiming that the woman was asking for the stalking because she posted pictures of herself wearing makeup with her hair done up.

“You know what? I told you to leave her alone and apparently that didn’t come through loud and clear,” the judge warned him.”


“Today you’re going to jail for 3 days,” said the judge.    Larson argued back again.

“45 Days county jail!”    More back talk from Larson.

“93 days in the county jail!  One more word out of you, and it will be a year!”

The man continued to spout off, and the judge said, “365 days in the county jail.   Appeal it!”

When Jacob Larson refused to put his hands behind his back and started struggling with the officer trying to cuff him, the judge threw off his robe and went to assist the officer.

McBain said later it was the first time he had to leave the bench to help restrain a person in his courtroom.

Before the video ends, the judge went back to a final punishment of 93 days in jail for Larson.

Jail time didn’t do any good, however.  MLive News reports that on July 24, Larson sent her 20 Instagram messages, including a video where he indicated they were dating.

In August, a county prosecutor charged Larson with aggravated stalking, a felony that could land him in prison for up to five years.   His next court date is set for December 2.

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