No matter how good a defense attorney you are, you can’t win ’em all. When they do lose, it is natural to think that their client would be disappointed. However, it is rare that a defendant would assault their lawyer after a conviction. Jamhal Scott Blanks, 29, is one of the rare cases of someone who attacked his attorney. After being sentenced to 30 years in prison at the end of September, he backhand slapped his lawyer, Tim Barbrow, in the Stafford County Circuit Court in Virginia. For this he is facing more time.
Blanks’ sentence is for holding a 63-year-old man hostage in the victim’s home for five days and forcing him to make multiple withdrawals from an ATM. According to Fredricksburg.com:
The evidence showed that Blanks beat the victim during the ordeal and tied him up at night. A woman who accompanied Blanks during the crime, Brianna Archie, was ordered to serve five years in prison.
Blanks and the victim had met through a Craigslist ad and had sexual relations a number of times last year. But the victim said Blanks was not welcome when he showed up at his residence Sept. 24, 2016, and forced his way inside.
For the crime, Judge Charles Sharp sentenced Blanks to 65 years with all but 30 of those years being suspended. This sentence was given even though recommended state guidelines called for just over 27 years in prison. It was at this point that he made a comment to the judge, then swiftly smacked Barbrow and bailiffs rushed him out of the courtroom. Since then, the slapper has been charged with a misdemeanor count of assault and battery. This charge carries a maximum of a year in jail.
Additionally, sources reported that the prosecution is looking into the possibility of having some of the 35 suspended years reinstated. It is being contended that Blanks violated his good behavior requirement.
Naturally, Barbrow has since withdrawn as Blanks’ attorney. The court appointed attorney John Mell to represent Blanks in any possible post-conviction motions.