Judge removes convict after outbursts

WARREN – Judge John M. Stuard is a mild-mannered jurist, but even he couldn’t put up with the outbursts and interruptions of convicted rapist Richard Hadden.

After having Hadden removed from his Trumbull County Common Pleas Court courtroom twice Thursday afternoon, he sentenced the 57-year-old Warran man to 18 1/2 years in prison— by video camera while Hadden sat handcuffed in a nearby room.

“I’ll only do three years,” Hadden yelled as he was escorted out of the county courthouse surrounded by several deputies.

His attorney, John Fowler, told the judge that he will file the notice of appeal for Hadden, but refused to represent him anymore.

Hadden, of Dover Street Southwest, was convicted Feb. 1 by a jury of kidnapping and raping a woman at her South Street home in Warren and stealing her car.

During his trial, Hadden was removed from Judge Stuard’s courtroom a couple of times for his disruptions.

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