Dubuque Man Sentenced to 5 Years for Assault on Prosecutor

Michael Mayton stares into the gallery moments before allegedly assaulting Dubuque County Attorney Ralph Potter in Dubuque, Iowa on Friday, July 9, 2010. Mayton and Potter were leaving the Dubuque courtroom moments after Mayton was convicted of second-degree murder in the Aug. 15 stabbing death of his friend David Tate when Mayton struck Potter over the head with his handcuffs. (AP Photo/The Telegraph Herald, Dave Kettering)


By Aaron Hepker

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A Dubuque man who assaulted a county attorney after being convicted of second-degree murder has been sentenced to five years in prison for the assault.

Michael Mayton was sentenced Monday in Dubuque County District Court for the July 9 assault on Dubuque County Attorney Ralph Potter.

The Telegraph Herald reports that a jury had just found Mayton guilty in the stabbing death of David Tate and the stabbing of Richard Schramm Jr., when Mayton, with his hands cuffed, hit Potter as he was being led from the courtroom.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of willful injury earlier this month.

Mayton was previously sentenced to 50 years in prison on the murder charge and five years for assault.

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