man accused of manslaughter was attacked at his hearing Monday in the Multnomah County Courthouse.
Just after 8 a.m., defendant Thomas Allen Kolpin was assaulted in Courtroom 338, deputies said. His sentencing hearing was about to begin when he was punched in the face.
“There was a large contingent of both defendant and victim family members in the gallery as inmate Kolpin was escorted into the courtroom and to his attorney by deputies,” said Lt. Steve Alexander of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.
A man sitting in the gallery area of the courtroom lunged forward and struck Kolpin. A deputy escorting Kolpin intervened to subdue the assailant, 29-year-old Randy Sturdevant (pictured), and more deputies helped to restrain him and take him into custody.
Sturdevant was arrested and charged with assault. He was lodged in the Multnomah County Detention Center. Kolpin refused medical treatment.
One of the deputies was taken to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries.
The sentencing was rescheduled for 11:00 a.m. and took place with no further incidents, Alexander said.
Kolpin was arrested in July after a deadly stabbing near NE 103rd and Clackamas. Carroll Williams, 30, had been visiting friends when he was stabbed and killed about 3 a.m.