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A man who attacked a Las Vegas judge on Wednesday had a documented history of mental illness, according to reports.

Deobra Redden, 30, was in court for a sentencing hearing on an assault charge when he dived over a bench and attacked Clark County District Court Judge Mary Kay Holthus.

The chaotic scene unfolded when Judge Holthus denied a request for probation.

Holthus said she couldn’t justify giving Redden probation with his violent history.

“I think it’s time he get a taste of something else,” she said before pronouncing a prison sentence.

The 3-time felon shouted “Ah, f*** that b****!” and dived over the judge’s bench.

The judge’s law clerk (wearing dark suit), a bailiff, and several men wrestled Redden off of her. He was dragged out of the courtroom and faces another hearing before a different judge on Thursday, Jan. 4.

According to ABC13 News, Redden is an example of how the court system can fail an inmate with a serious mental illness.

Redden’s attorney explained that Redden has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. An inmate with a serious mental disorder should be sent to a mental hospital until he is stable enough to return to society.

Wearing a Notorious B.I.G. jersey, Redden spoke in a calm manner, explaining to Judge Holthus that he was a changed man and was in a better place mentally. He said he had a good support system at home, and he had just been hired by a Teamster’s union earning $20/hr.

But the judge denied his request for probation, citing his repeat offender status.

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Clark County Sheriff’s Office

A different judge in May ordered Redden to undergo a psychological exam to determine if he was competent to stand trial, records show.

Redden was found not competent and committed to a state mental health facility.

A judge then found Redden competent to stand trial in October.

In the past, mentally ill inmates like Redden would be committed to a mental hospital for years.

But the Democrats refuse to approve funding to reopen mental hospitals. So sick inmates are sent to prison where there psychiatric needs are not met.

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