A rapist who was previously reprimanded by Judge Vonda Evans for swearing at her in a courtroom faced her again Friday for sentencing. The judge unleashed a number of f-bombs during their encounter.
After being found guilty of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and unlawful imprisonment, Anthony Thornton, 46, of Port Huron, was sentenced to 15 years in prison. “I’m innocent! Fuck you! I’m innocent,” Thornton yelled at Evans during his trial on June 2.
“Be quiet.” Evans said. “Take him back. Take him out. Take him out now. I’m not even going to dignify that comment.”
After Thornton was removed from the court room, Evans announced that he would be acquitted of a kidnapping charge, but would be found guilty of criminal sexual conduct and unlawful imprisonment.
Thornton faced Evans for sentencing Friday. During the proceedings, Evans said, “Mr. Thornton, I’m going to address the comment you made. It was disrespectful for you to say, ‘Fuck you to me!’”
“I’m sorry,” Thornton replied. “I appreciate you giving me the whole month of April to think about it. I understand your decision, I respect your decision. You have been doing this for a long time but I just didn’t do it. I didn’t do the crime. That’s why I’m upset.”
Evans said, “I have never been anything but respectful to you, and for you to say ‘Fuck me’ in my courtroom was unacceptable.” Evans repeated the curse numerous times in an upset manner which can be seen on the video below.
Watch Thornton’s outburst and Evans’ reprimand:
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