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Aaron Brockler, Chislton's attorney, was standing next to his handcuffed client during the sentencing hearing in Common Pleas Court Judge Nancy Margaret Russo's courtroom when, he said, everything went black.
"I turned to him because I was about to tell him that I will come and meet with him privately to see if there was anything we could do to reduce the sentence, but before I could even open my mouth I heard a swoosh sound," Brockler told the news station.
"All I remember is waking up on the floor underneath the table," he said. He then saw officers on top of his client, in an attempt to subdue him.
"I felt blessed that it was just a busted nose and a concussion," he said. "It could have been avoidable, and hopefully I took a couple of shots so now nobody else will have to."
Common Pleas Court Administrative Judge John J. Russo responded to the altercation in an emailed statement Thursday, wishing the attorney a speedy recovery.
"What occurred in courtroom 18-C today was unfortunate, and we are thankful that attorney Aaron Brockler was not more seriously injured," the statement said.
The charges against Chislton stem from an hourslong standoff with police in 2017 after a domestic violence disturbance led to a fire at an apartment complex, causing significant damage and displacing several families, according to WKYC.