Father lunges at Larry Nassar in court, charges that can be faced

CORNING, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - A father had had enough in a Michigan courtroom on Friday morning.

Randall Margraves lunged at Larry Nassar, the former gymnastics doctor who molested three of his daughters.

Before doing so, Margraves asked the judge for justice on his own terms. 

"I would ask you to, as part of this sentencing, to grant me five minutes in a locker room with this demon," Margraves said. 

Judge Janice Cunningham declined. The father followed up with a second request of one minute alone with the defendant. After the judge declined again, the anguished father took matters into his own hands by lunging at him. 

Deputies took Margraves to the ground inches away from Nassar. 

Judge Cunningham sympathized with the crowd. 

"If it is hard and difficult for me to hear what his daughters have to say, I cannot imagine what it is like for a parent," the judge said. 

She added that violence is inappropriate and sends the wrong message and that the criminal justice system will issue the punishment against Nassar. 

Michael Donlon, a partner at Welch, Donlon & Czarples PLLC, says there could be charges for the father's actions. 

"He could face charges anywhere from menacing third degree or attempted assault," Donlon said. "Those charges would carry a penalty of up to three months imprisonment or $500 fine, possible probation as well."

The penalties Donlon mentioned are in reference to New York State. He could also face criminal contempt of court charges carrying a penalty of up to one year in jail and up to $1,000 fine.

The latter would be enforced by the judge, but the district attorney could enforce the first two. Donlon doesn't see this happening given the nature of the case, but there's always a chance. 

"If they were going to send a message, that this behavior is unacceptable, to try and deter something like this in the future, I think it would be more of a nominal type of fine," Donlon said. 

The father reappeared in court later in the day apologizing for his actions. The judge accepted it. 

"As for the direct contempt of court, there is no way that this court is going to issue any type of punishment given the circumstances of this case," Judge Cunningham said. 

When asked if he believes Nassar's lawyers will use this to their advantage, Donlon said any lawyer will use any thread of advantage to their client's benefit. 


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