- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A defendant who threw a chair and injured a police detective during his Los Angeles murder trial has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

Jesus Mendez was convicted Feb. 4 of first-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of a man during a robbery.

Five days earlier he was ordered to be restrained in the courtroom after hurling a chair, hitting the detective in the head. Jurors were not present. The detective was treated at a hospital and released.

After the incident, defense lawyers requested mental competency tests for the 23-year-old. The judge rejected that, and also refused to declare a mistrial.

City News Service says in addition to the life sentence, Mendez was also sentenced Tuesday to an additional 25 years to life behind bars.


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