TOPEKA — A Topeka man who slugged his attorney during his trial was sentenced to more than 20 years for that crime and an armed robbery conviction.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Lance L. Franklin was on trial in December 2014 when he hit his attorney, David McDonald, knocking him unconscious. McDonald suffered a concussion, a broken nose, cuts, swollen eyes and chipped teeth.
Franklin was sentenced Tuesday for aggravated assault and armed robbery in a plea deal that dropped several of the original charges.
After Franklin hit McDonald, a mistrial was declared and Franklin was found in contempt of court and given a 90-day sentence.