The father of three sexual abuse victims tried to attack disgraced former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar during his sentencing hearing in Charlotte, Mich.
After one of his three daughters detailed Nassar’s sexual abuse when she was 13 years old during her victim impact statement, Randall Margraves charged at Nassar before being blocked by the ex-doctor’s lawyer, Matthew Newburg, and restrained by three deputies, according to multiple reports.
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Margraves asked Eaton County Court Judge Janice K. Cunningham if he could have five minutes alone with the man who assaulted his three daughters, Lauren, Madison Rae and Morgan. When Cunningham said that wasn’t possible, he asked for one minute, and when she refused again, he rushed at Nassar.
“Let me at that son of a bitch,” Margraves said as deputies pinned him to the ground and handcuffed him. “I want that son of a bitch. Give me one minute with that bastard. One minute.”
He asked the deputies, “What if this happened to you guys?”
Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis asked the courtroom not to respond violently.
“You haven’t lived through it, lady,” Margraves responded, before being led out of the courtroom.
After a brief recess, Cunningham addressed the gallery, informing the court that Margraves’ daughters had all provided victim impact statements — two this week and one last week in Ingham County.
“I recognize Mr. Margraves has three daughters that he has had to watch go through the pain and the hurt,” she said. “[…] If it is hard and difficult for me to hear what his daughters have to say, I can’t imagine what it is like for a parent. And no one is making any excuses for what the defendant did in this case. However, these are legal proceedings, and the criminal justice system is doing what it is supposed to do. I am going to listen to all the impact statements, I’m going to apply the law, and Mr. Nassar will be sentenced.”
She also asked that nobody react violently again. The courtroom is expected to hear at least 65 victim impact statements before Nassar’s sentencing. He has already been sentenced to 60 years in prison for pleading guilt to possessing child pornography and 175 years for assaulting more than 150 victims.