Footage surfaced Wednesday showing a defendant attacking his attorney in an Ohio courtroom after receiving a 47-year prison sentence. 

The video shows David Chislton, who was in handcuffs at the time, swing his hands across his body and knock his attorney, Aaron Brockler, across the face in a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas courtroom. 

Brockler immediately falls to the ground before a group of people, including police and prosecutors, rush to his defense. 


"I went to go turn to tell him 'I'll come and see you privately to discuss what your options are,' and before I could even get the words out, I just got sucker-punched right in the side of the head," Brockler told Fox 8 Cleveland in an interview following the incident.

The defense attorney suffered a broken nose and concussion, according to the station.

The incident, which happened in court on Tuesday, occurred almost immediately after Chislton, 42, received a prison sentence for nearly two dozen charges, according to Fox 8. Chisilton pleaded guilty to holding his girlfriend hostage at gunpoint and to setting an apartment complex on fire in 2017. 

A Cuyahoga County spokeswoman said that deputies would file new charges against Chislton related to the attack. 

"We thank the deputies and others who responded during the incident for their quick actions, and we encourage the sheriff's department to fully review safety protocols for Court proceedings," Cuyahoga County Administrative Judge John Russo said in a statement. 

Brockler said the incident may have been prevented if Chislton was handcuffed behind his back.