NEW: Convicted child killer Kevin Sweat attacks attorney before sentenced to life in prison
OKEMAH, Okla. — A judge sentenced convicted child killer Kevin Sweat to life in prison without the possibility of parole soon after he attacked one of his attorneys, according to Tulsa television station KJRH.
Kevin Sweat, 28, pleaded guilty in July to three counts of first-degree murder. Sweat’s victims were 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker and 13-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker, who were shot to death in 2003 along a rural road near Weleetka.
According to arrest reports, Sweat confessed to killing Taylor after she disappeared in 2011.
Earlier this year, prosecutors decided not to pursue the death penalty for Sweat.
Sweat waived his right to a jury trial, and his fate would have been decided by a judge.
Sentencing was delayed for about an hour Friday after fear broke out inside the Okfuskee County Courthouse.
KJRH reports around 10 a.m., Sweat and his attorneys met in the judge’s chambers.
That’s when District Attorney Max Cook says Sweat produced a blade of some kind, swiped at his attorney, cutting his neck.
The courtroom was placed on lockdown for about a half hour.
Cook entered the courtroom, saying the lockdown was lifted.
The injured attorney, who Cook says is doing fine, did not return to court.
Sweat’s sentencing hearing was briefly delayed, but resumed less than a hour later.