BROOKLYN SUPREME COURT — A gunman just convicted of a 2013 East Flatbush shooting added to his legal woes by attacking a pair of court officers seconds after the verdict was announced, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office said.
Dante Newman, 19, was indicted Tuesday for head-butting one court officer and punching another on June 25 — moments after a jury found him guilty of shooting a 27-year-old man in the arm, prosecutors said.
He was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 2013 attack and faces another 14 years if convicted of the court officer assaults.
“Contempt for the rule of law will not be tolerated here in Brooklyn,” Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said.
“This defendant was allegedly out of control in the courthouse and now has compounded his problems with another felony.”
Dennis Quirk, president of the New York State Court Officers Association, said assaults on law enforcement are becoming increasingly common.
"This is a problem we have all the time," he said. "When people are convicted by a jury, they go berserk and attack our people."
The officers were treated at NYU Langone Cobble Hill and released.
Newman's brother, Treyvon Newman, 20, was also convicted for the East Flatbush shooting and sentenced to 40 years in prison, according to the DA’s Office.