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Defendant swears at Lake Co. judge again at sentencing

(Source: WOIO) (Source: WOIO)

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio (AP) - A northeastern Ohio man apparently is making it a habit of yelling at a judge who's sentenced him twice in the past six years.

The News-Herald in Willoughby reports John Macko swore at a Lake County judge and called him a "heartless individual" just before he was sentenced this past week to 24 years in prison.

Macko stood up and repeatedly swore at the judge six years ago when he was sentenced for illegally having a gun and violating his parole.

A jury in January convicted Macko of aggravated burglary and impersonating an officer for an incident four months after he was released from prison.

His defense attorney says Macko's latest trouble was a case of a simple assault and that he needs mental health help instead of prison.

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