- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas man already in prison for sodomizing a 4-month-old baby was convicted Wednesday of attempted first-degree murder for a courtroom attack on the Reno County district attorney.

Jurors deliberated nearly six hours before returning the verdict against Michael Sherman, at one point asking the judge if they could consider a lesser charge such as assault. But prosecutors had submitted charges only of attempted first-degree murder, requiring a finding of premeditation, or attempted second-degree murder, The Hutchinson News reported (https://bit.ly/1n6ESlj ).

District Attorney Keith Schroeder was left with red marks on his throat when Sherman, his belly and hands in chains, leaped on him in a courtroom last July 10 just after a judge had reaffirmed his life sentence for aggravated criminal sodomy of a child.

Sherman had Schroeder in a headlock before others in the courtroom pulled him away.

The Hutchinson man testified Tuesday he had thought about “getting at the DA” prior to the attack but that he lunged at Schroeder spontaneously.

“It never was my intent to kill him, or even attempt to do so,” Sherman testified. “I just wanted to go after him. I’m guilty of assault, but I never thought about murder.”

Schroeder’s life sentence for the 2012 child sodomy conviction - a crime for which he had reported himself to police after talking to his pastor - was reduced earlier this year to 13 years and nine months.

But he now faces about 20 to 22 years for the new conviction. Sentencing is scheduled for July 28.

The jury in this week’s trial also heard portions of a taped interview in which Sherman explained to a state corrections official he was angry that Schroeder had sought the maximum sentence on the child sodomy charge even though Sherman had turned himself in to authorities for that crime.

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Information from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, https://www.hutchnews.com

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