Man gets 20 years for trying to kill Michigan prosecutor

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Posted: Mar 15, 2017 5:14 PM

MASON, Mich. (AP) — A man caught on courtroom video trying to attack a Michigan prosecutor with a piece of metal has been sentenced to at least 20 years in prison for attempted murder.

The incident occurred in August in a Lansing court where Joshua Harding was on trial for sexual abuse. He had a metal shank hidden in his sleeve.

Courtroom video shows a prosecutor getting out of the way at the last second as a police detective tackles the 35-year-old Harding.

Harding's sentence was ordered Wednesday and comes on top of a separate 19-year sentence for sexual assault. It means he's guaranteed to be in prison for roughly 40 years.

In court, Harding thanked a judge for "making this so easy even a cave man could do it."