Man gets 5 years for punching lawyer in court, other crimes

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office says a man has been sentenced to five years in prison for punching a deputy district attorney in court. KPTV reports 32-year-old Ryan Perkins pleaded guilty Friday to assault, escape, distributing a controlled substance – methamphetamine, attempted unlawful use of a vehicle, and robbery. Perkins was in court last August for stealing a rental van while using a forged driver’s license. The district attorney’s office says during the polling of the jury, Perkins stood up, ran past his attorney, and punched a Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney in the head several times.