Jail inmate attacks prosecutor in Reno County courtroom

A Reno County Jail inmate attacked a prosecutor Wednesday afternoon while appealing a portion of his sentence for aggravated criminal sodomy with a child under 14, Sheriff Randy Henderson said.

Michael W. Sherman, 27, was in a Hutchinson courtroom about 2 p.m. and was standing at the defense table with his attorney, Kelly Driscoll, when he was told sit down by District Court Judge Buck Lyle, Henderson said.

Henderson described what followed:

The jail deputy stepped away from Sherman so the inmate could sit down. Instead, Sherman lunged three to five feet, jumping on top of prosecutor Keith Schroeder, who was sitting at the prosecution table looking at paperwork.

Sherman, who was in custody of the Kansas Corrections Department, was wearing leg irons and a chain around his waist at the time.

The jailer, Lyle and a KBI agent immediately subdued Sherman. Schroeder sustained a slight abrasion to his forehead.

Sherman was taken back to the jail. A report will be sent to the Kansas Attorney General’s office for consideration of charges, Henderson said.

Sherman is facing a life sentence with a minimum of 25 years. He was appealing the Jessica’s Law portion of his sentence. The law deals with convictions of adults that commit sexual acts involving minors.