There was more excitement than usual in Dawes County District Court on Tuesday when a defendant just sentenced to prison rushed to his girlfriend on his way out of the courtroom and ended up being wrestled to the floor by deputies.
26-year-old Joshua Carder pushed a female deputy several times as he tried to reach his girlfriend who was sitting in the third row of the courtroom.
As she began yelling at Carder to stop, a male deputy about feet feet away on the other side of the doorway ran over and also began struggling with Carder, who continued to push toward his girlfriend. She tried to avoid him but was trapped by the wall and the rows of seats.
Carder reached her, held her firmly with a hand on either side of her face, and gave her a deep kiss before she was able to pull away and Carder fell to the floor with the two deputies.
He then obeyed instructions to stop struggling and the female deputy applied handcuffs and attached them to a belly chain and ankle cuffs as Sheriff Karl Dailey and a deputy with a Taser in his hand entered the courtroom.
Sheriff Dailey said later that both deputies appeared unhurt and that the incident was being reviewed for possible charges against Carder. Dailey said he would submit a report to County Attorney Vance Haug after debriefing both officers, reviewing security footage from the courtroom, and possibly interviewing other witnesses.
In his sentencing before the outburst, Carder was given a pair of 8-to-10 year sentences, one for possession of a stolen firearm and one for possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person. Those terms will be served at the same time, but after an identical 8-to-10 year sentence from Sheridan County in a related case for a total prison term of 16-to-20 years. He will be eligible for parole in eight years.
Carder was arrested in March after his stepfather reported the theft of several guns and told authorities he suspected his stepson. A search of Carder’s residence revealed one of the stolen weapons, a 12-gauge shotgun, and he later accepted plea bargains in both counties, with Haug dropping 4 other charges and a county court case in Dawes County.