I-Team: Convicted child abuser lunges at prosecutors in court


 A convicted child abuser tried to attack prosecutors in court and it was caught on camera. Now, the Clark County District Attorney is calling for a review of safety procedures.

No serious injuries were reported by prosecutors but their boss the Clark County District Attorney has strong words for court security.

“Any time an in-custody defendant is able to attack anyone in court, let alone one of my prosecutors, we believe a serious review should occur with regard to the protection of the public and court personnel.  I am requesting this review take place immediately, so events like this are prevented in the future.”

The following statement was released by Mary Ann Price, the court information officer for the Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court:

“The video from the sentencing of Terhain Woods demonstrates the potential for danger in any courtroom.  Security is a top priority at the courthouse.  We welcome any review that may lead to improvements in our security procedures to ensure the safety of everyone in the courthouse.”

Also, this case could highlight how mental health is addressed in court.

“This individual is extremely violent and is a ticking time bomb and a threat to anyone who is around him and sadly the date of our offense it just happens to be a small child,” said Dena Rinetti, chief deputy district attorney.

It was at this moment that Terhain Woods would learn his fate. He was convicted of child abuse with substantial bodily harm and damaging a motor vehicle.

Prosecutors and his defense attorney address the court. Woods is off camera until Judge Jerry Wiese announces his sentence.

“So, how many years is that?” Woods asks.

“Eight to 20 plus a one to three,” said Judge Jerry Wiese, Clark County District Court. 

“Eight to 20 plus one to three,” Woods said.

“Correct” Judge Wiese said.

“You mean to tell me?”

At that point, a commotion erupts in the courtroom and Woods appears to lunge at prosecutors who jump out of the way. The I-Team has learned a woman who screamed out is his relative. Woods remains combative, is then restrained and wheeled out in a chair.

The 27-year-old man, who has a lengthy criminal history, wouldn’t agree to an evaluation from parole and probation, according to records, and has a history of mental illness as pointed out by his attorney Michael Troiano who questioned how Woods was determined fit to stand trial.

He argues Woods needs a mental hospital – not prison.

“I think we all understand that Mr. Woods is quite frankly isn’t on this planet, the fact that he was sent to CPM and came back comp is astonishing and sad almost as sad as the damage done to that child,” said Troiano, defense attorney.

In Troiano’s words, Woods body slammed the child. 

Rinetti says the 13-month-old almost died.

Judge Wiese points to eight previous jail sentences and no prison time for Woods. He calls him a danger to the community and shortly after Woods snaps.

There is a co-defendant in this case, the victim’s mother.

According to prosecutor Dena Rinetti, the woman never called for help for her child. A good Samaritan stepped in.

Still, through a plea deal, records show she received probation.

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