A man that rubbed his poop on the head and face of his lawyer and then flung the feces at jurors at his robbery trial was sentenced to 31 years and four months in prison. Read more on Weusi McGowan’s doo doo throwing episode below.
Weusi McGowan, 38, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to robbery causing great bodily injury as well as residential burglary. McGowan also pleaded guilty to assault on a public official and assault on a juror.
On Monday, McGowan turned away from two television cameras as he was sentenced by Judge Frank Brown.
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The judge ordered the defendant to pay $129 to a juror whose briefcase was ruined by McGowan’s feces. No jurors were hit by the defendant’s fecal matter.
McGowan was upset last Jan. 26 when Judge Jeffrey Fraser refused to remove Alternate Public Defender Jeffrey Martin from the home-invasion case.
At the mid-morning break, McGowan pulled out a plastic baggie filled with his own feces and spread it on Martin’s hair and face, then threw the poop at the jurors, hitting the briefcase of one juror.
After the lunch break, Fraser dismissed jurors,and said McGowan would need a different lawyer and his trial would be postponed.
Deputy District Attorney Christopher Lawson said McGowan originally was upset days earlier when he claimed the jurors saw him in shackles when he was brought into the courtroom.
Fraser had also denied McGowan’s request to represent himself, the prosecutor said.
Weusi McGowan obviously really has a thing for doo doo as he had previously wiped human feces on himself and was examined by doctors to ensure he was mentally competent to stand trial.
But defense attorney Stephen Cline said McGowan’s medications not right when he was about to go to trial.
When medicated properly, the defendant does “relatively OK,” Cline said.
“He’s mentally disabled,” the attorney said. “(But) that doesn’t mean he doesn’t know what he’s doing. He can be extremely violent if not medicated.”
Weusi McGowan has been diagnosed with a number of mental illnesses, including schizophrenia.
McGowan tried to rob an ice cream truck at the age of 12, and went on a shooting spree at age 16 and once out of prison, committed the home-invasion robbery he was on trial for when he smeared his feces on his attorney and threw it at jurors.
In the robbery case, McGowan hit a man with a rock that was in a sock demanding money and drugs as the victim came out of a house to investigate a commotion on Oct. 17, 2007.
Then Weusi McGowan ransacked the man’s apartment then stole some of the victim’s belongings before taking off in the victim’s vehicle.
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