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Convicted killer sentenced to five years for prosecutor assault


DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Michael Mayton will serve five extra years for assaulting a Dubuque County attorney.

In July, Mayton hit prosecutor Ralph Potter with his handcuffs right after a jury found him guilty of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of David Tate and assault of Richard Schramm.

Monday's sentencing on the Class D felony willful injury brings Mayton's total maximum time he could serve to 60 years.

The victim's impact statement by Dubuque County prosecutor Ralph Potter is similar to the judge's decision.

He wrote - and the judge decided - that Mayton should serve the five years for willful injury consecutively, tacked on to the maximum 55 years he is already serving for his other crimes.

Potter's impact statement says that allowing Mayton to serve the five-year sentence concurrently with his sentences for second-degree murder and assault would be sending a message to other defendants.

"A concurrent sentence is in fact no actual punishment for Mr. Mayton," Potter wrote. "It is inappropriate to allow him to receive no additional punishment for attacking those who have simply done their job with regard to his incarceration."

The judge who delivered the decision said Mayton had been a client of hers years ago, when she was an attorney, and Mayton's actions toward Potter shocked her, since he had known Mayton to be polite.

She told Mayton what he did was "totally wrong" and that she can't agree with concurrent sentences, since that would mean Mayton would be receiving no additional punishment for assaulting Potter.

Potter said the assault hasn't changed his feelings of security in a courtroom, although he did say that immediately following the July assault, the courthouse changed the way it transports suspects and criminals.

His victim's impact statement said the injuries he suffered "were not serious."

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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