- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 23, 2016

An Ohio man convicted of several armed robberies is facing new charges after he hurled his own urine and feces in court as he was being sentenced Wednesday to 40 years in prison.

An investigation is now underway into how Ricky Hand, 46, was able to sneak bottles of his own bodily fluids into a Clark County courtroom, reported WHIO, a local CBS News affiliate.

Sheriff Gene Kelly said Hand should have been checked before being allowed before a judge.

“If we would have followed our procedures and policies this would not have happened,” he said.

Hand was convicted this month for a string of armed robberies after he pleaded guilty to seven of the original 30 charges a Clark County grand jury indicted him on. He appeared apologetic during his sentencing Wednesday, saying he needed help with his drug addiction, but got angry when he found out how much time he’d be spending behind bars, WHIO reported.

“Did you just give me 40 years, sir?,” Hand asked Common Pleas Judge Richard O’Neill.

When the judge replied “Yes,” Hand stood up and pulled a bottle from his pants, flinging the bottle’s contents on his defense attorney before being tackled by deputies.

He later told detectives that he’d been collecting his own feces and urine in his jail cell for weeks. He had a total of four bottles hidden in his arm sling and pants, WHIO reported.

The liquids hit his lawyer and four deputies, investigators said.

Hand is now facing five charges of harassment with a bodily substance, obstructing official business, and retaliation.



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