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Somerset man sentenced for causing courthouse disturbance

February 13, 2019 GMT

A 34-year-old Somerset man who fought with sheriff’s deputies while being escorted from the Somerset County Courthouse was sentenced Tuesday to 17 days to 23 months in the Somerset County Jail.

Joshua Adam Platter, Village Way, was at the courthouse facing a contempt of court violation in a domestic case on June 27. He was found guilty by Judge Scott Bittner and was ordered to the Somerset County Jail for just over two weeks.

According to court documents, he resisted deputies who were trying to escort him and during a struggle near and in the elevator cut Chief Deputy Sheriff Dusty Weir’s palm and aggravated Deputy Mark Hogan’s leg injury, resulting in medical treatment.

When Platter continued to be combative, more deputies were called to help escort him across the street to the jail. He did not calm down until the deputies turned the corner near the back door of the jail where they met correctional officers and turned him over to their custody.

Initially, Platter was charged with aggravated assault, a first-degree felony, assault by prisoner, a second-degree felony, and resisting arrest, a second-degree misdemeanor. Platter pleaded guilty to resisting arrest on Dec. 10 and the other charges were withdrawn.

President Judge D. Gregory Geary gave Platter credit for 17 days of time served and paroled him Tuesday. He was ordered to pay the costs of prosecution and supervision, a $300 fine and $25 in restitution.