Court fracas suspect gets prison

A man who reportedly erupted in Jackson County Circuit Court Wednesday after being convicted of assaulting two sheriff's deputies in May was sentenced Friday to more than three years in prison.

Seth Anthony Parrish, 25, no known address, allegedly struck courthouse security deputies in Judge Benjamin Bloom's courtroom after learning that he had been convicted of two counts of attempted first-degree assault, two counts of resisting arrest and one count of second-degree disorderly conduct, following a two-day trial, according to police and court records.

Bloom sentenced Parrish, who appeared via video camera from the jail Friday afternoon, to a total of 43 months in prison for the guilty verdicts.

"I hope in prison you will get the treatment you need," Bloom said.

Jackson County Deputy District Attorney David Hoppe successfully prosecuted Parrish on the charges and was in the courtroom when Parrish flew into a rage after the verdict.

He was also there for Friday's sentencing along with Parrish's court-appointed defense attorney Sara Collins.

Parrish was abused by his mother, has been in the foster care system since he was 5 years old and recently has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, Collins said on her client's behalf.

"He hasn't had the same chances as some of us have," she said, adding that, as sometimes happens with mentally ill people, Parrish cycles on and off his medication.

"In a perfect world," Parrish would be heading to a state hospital instead of a prison cell, Collins said."But we're not there," she said.

Parrish's sentence was related to his attempted assaults on two Jackson County sheriff's deputies in May. Parrish said he was provoked into his behavior. Bloom said Wednesday's outburst, while not affecting Friday's sentencing hearing, was illustrative.

"Actions speak louder than words," Bloom said. "I saw you try to present yourself in a positive manner in my courtroom. That didn't go so well."

Hoppe declined to comment on Wednesday's melee, saying that an investigation into the matter was under way, and the case had been turned over to Medford police. Bloom said he would not be presiding over any pending case involving Parrish's courtroom outburst.

Before last week's trial, there were two psychological examinations performed on Parrish, each of which deemed him "fit to proceed," said Hoppe.

Parrish is no stranger to local police. Since 2008, he has been arrested on numerous felony charges, including first-degree theft, first-degree burglary, possession of cocaine, vehicle theft and attempted second-degree assault.

Parrish also has a history of resisting arrest, according to Jackson County Circuit Court records.

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