Father attempts to attack Larry Nassar, receives no punishment
Larry Nassar, the 54-year-old disgraced former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor, was in the midst of yet another sentencing hearing in Eaton County, Michigan when what you might call the inevitable happened.
Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison on child pornography charges in December, and he was sentenced to an additional 40 to 175 years in state prison last month on sexual assault charges following a seven-day sentencing hearing during which 156 women read victim impact statements in front of him in court.
During the current sentencing hearing in Eaton County in which several more of his victims have given impact statements and are scheduled to give impact statements, sisters Lauren and Madison Margraves both delivered their impact statements.
During Nassar's sentencing in Ingham County last month, their sister Morgan had delivered hers. She said that her father Randall went out driving around East Lansing, Michigan looking for Nassar, and she was not sure what he would do to him if he ever found him.
Following the reading of impact statements by Lauren and Madison Margraves today, Randall Margraves found him -- and the inevitable happened.
After asking Judge Janice Cunningham if he could have five minutes alone in a locked room with Nassar, having his request denied, and then asking if he could have just one minute alone in a locked room with him, Margraves charged at Nassar.
Here is a full video of Margraves' attempted attack on Nassar.
Margraves would later apologize in front of the courtroom for his actions after spending time in a holding cell. However, he would still explain why he attempted to attack Nassar.
He issued a separate statement a little bit later on.
Judge Cunningham stated that there was "no way" she would punish Margraves for his attempted attack on Nassar "given the circumstances of the case", as she believed every word that came out of his mouth during his apology.
However, she did not condone his actions. She later stated the following, according to CNN.
"You have to understand that this is a courtroom and this is where we carry out and enforce the rules of law. We cannot and I cannot tolerate or condone vigilantism or any other type of action that basically comes down to an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. That's not what's best in this situation. What's best here is that we take this horrible tragedy and we learn to educate people."Published 03 Feb 2018, 09:24 IST