LAKE COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Manson Bryant is no stranger to the Lake County Court of Common Pleas, and he’s certainly no stranger to Judge Eugene Lucci’s courtroom.
According to prosecutors, Bryant, 32, has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1999 when he was a juvenile.
He has been sent to prison at least three times for four different cases.
Court records show at least eight of Bryant’s criminal cases have been assigned to Lucci in the past decade, including his most recent case for a July 2018 home invasion in Painesville Township.
He was on parole at the time of his arrest.
A jury recently found Bryant guilty of charges that include aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, kidnapping and abduction.
On March 1, he was back before Lucci to learn his punishment.
“I’ve made a lifetime of bad decisions," Bryant told the judge. “I respect you and I respect your decision.”
But that respect was short-lived.
When the judge sentenced Bryant to 22 years in prison, the defendant launched into a profanity-laced tirade, which was captured on courtroom cameras.
“Twenty-two years? Man, f-ck your courtroom, you racist ass b-tch," Bryant shouted. "F-ck your courtroom, man. You racist as f-ck. Twenty-two f-cking years? Racist ass b-tch. You ain’t sh-t.”
Bryant was facing close to 30 years in prison, but Lucci initially felt that the defendant had shown some remorse.
However, in the midst of Bryant’s outburst, the judge changed his mind and tacked six more years on to the prison sentence.
“Actually, actually ... you know what, “said Lucci. ”Remember when I said that you had some remorse? When I said that you had a certain amount of remorse, I was mistaken."
“F-ck your courtroom and suck my d-ck,” Bryant interrupted.
“The court determines that maximum imprisonment is needed," Lucci continued. “So that’s 28 years.”
Bryant continued swearing and yelling at the judge until his attorneys waived his presence in the courtroom, and he was forcibly removed by deputies with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
“The defendant has shown me that he has no remorse whatsoever, and therefore the court determines that maximum imprisonment is needed," Lucci said. “He poses the greatest likelihood of recidivism. I apparently thought that he was more remorseful than what he was. He was just feeding me a line of bull.”
Lucci said this wasn’t the first time the defendant hurled vulgar obscenities at him.
Bryant also had some unpleasant things to say to the judge in 2014 when he was sentenced to 12 months in prison after pleading guilty to receiving stolen property.
“The last time, as he was walking out of the court, he said, ‘Suck my d-ck, judge.’ It seems to be a repeat pattern with him," said Lucci.
Since Bryant violated parole, he will have to complete his previous prison sentence before his 28 year term begins in November 2020.
Cleveland 19 reached out to Bryant’s attorney, Daniel J. Williams, Esq., for comment, and he offered the following response:
“Sentencing hearings can be emotional for all involved. Mr. Bryant received a significant sentence, and had an emotional and regrettable reaction to it. He was otherwise very composed throughout the course of his trial, even when the verdict was rendered. He intends to appeal the verdict and sentence, and continues to remain hopeful.”