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Father Attacks Son's Killer In Courtroom

August 6, 2007
STEUBENVILLE — A Cincinnati man who admitted to pulling the trigger in a July 29, 2006, murder on South Court Alley was attacked by the victim’s father Monday in Jefferson County Common Pleas Court.

Antonio Clifford, 20, pleaded guilty before Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. to single counts of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence. He was sentenced to 33 years to life in prison. Clifford was then attacked by Mike Sweat, the victim’s father, during victim impact statements.

The victim’s father, Mike Sweat, was approaching the witness stand with a picture of his son when he attacked the defendant. He said he wanted to show Clifford the picture but dove across the defense table, swinging at Clifford and trying to choke him.

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla was sitting behind Clifford and immediately pulled the father off the defendant.

Family members of the victim and defendant were screaming and crying and began to argue among themselves.

Abdalla yelled for the courtroom to be cleared while deputies and responding Steubenville police officers worked to get the father on the ground and in restraints.

Mike Sweat cried and screamed the whole time, even shouting obscenities at Clifford.

He was taken to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, where Abdalla said the grieving father calmed down. The sheriff said he didn’t expect any charges to be filed.

County Assistant Prosecutor Jane Keenan told the judge the prosecutor’s office was removing a death penalty specification as part of the plea agreement that led Clifford to enter a guilty plea.

Joshua Ryan Sweat, 28, of 123 Sherwood Road, Weirton came to Steubenville July 29, 2006, looking to buy drugs, Keenan said. He was taken to behind a bar, located about a block from the Steubenville Police Department, and met by several men who came from inside the bar, Keenan said. The men decided to rob Sweat, but he resisted.

Police said Sweat was shot once in the back of the head. He was taken to Trinity Medical Center West then transported to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he died about 11 hours later.

Two other co-defendants already have pleaded guilty in the case

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  • HEY...THE FATHER HAD THE RIGHT TO DID THAT..BUT ANYWAY.

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  • Should have given the man some time to vent his frustration on the kid.

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  • I can't imagine, and I hope I never do, the amount of pain that father was going through at that time. Too bad he wasn't able to finish what he started and strangled the life out of that guy.

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  • Why do we keep these fuks alive, feed them and provide medical service? man, we are too nice, can't even fight a war because we are afraid we will hurt someons feelings.

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  • Grimwall: "I can't help but to smile at the duality of your morals, people. In other video threads you're pointing fingers at middle eastern lynchings and hangings, and now you're here wanting to see the same bullshit in your own country on this thread.

    Don't mind the flag next to my name, it has little effect on my opinion of you. I am not targeting you because you are American, I'm targeting you for preferring savagery and unmoderated justice, the very same thing people of your nationality usually speak out against.

    I have sympathy for the grief of the family of the victim, but those l More..
    do you want the family to thank the guy for murdering their son? I suppose you'd forgive him and then pray for his soul. Perhaps you'd write and maybe strike up a freindship with your sons killer. The family are entitled to have their say and you have no right to judge them . Tosser

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  • Grimwall: "I can't help but to smile at the duality of your morals, people. In other video threads you're pointing fingers at middle eastern lynchings and hangings, and now you're here wanting to see the same bullshit in your own country on this thread.

    Don't mind the flag next to my name, it has little effect on my opinion of you. I am not targeting you because you are American, I'm targeting you for preferring savagery and unmoderated justice, the very same thing people of your nationality usually speak out against.

    I have sympathy for the grief of the family of the victim, but those l More..
    "for preferring savagery and unmoderated justice,
    the very same thing people of your nationality
    usually speak out against."

    Personally, you have never heard me judge other nations for being too hard on violent criminals, usually the reverse. Like here in the US, they gave this fucker a 33 year sentence of 3 hots and a cot, cable tv, computers, high school and college education, basketball courts, baseball diamonds, a gym, a track... 33 years in the US means he will likely serve much less time than that as well. He will get counseling and medical treatment, while the victims will get nothing but a dead son and unimaginable pain and loss. Our court system and social engineering are the reason that we have so much crime and violence in our country. It didn't used to be this was until they started socially engineering our society.

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  • He entered a plea deal to save his own life. That should not be a option after taking someone elses.

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  • Oh boy, you yanks need to hang some of your presidents if you want to stay coherent when you dare to express your so to speak "individualistic" mind. Smalltown blood gets you waaaaay too angry. Next time let's call an iraqi mother on the stand.

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  • fangino: "
    Habeeb Mohamed: "
    devildog04: "I'm not defending the (28 year old) son, and I don't think he deserved to die, but before you say the defendant should be raped repeatedly in prison, don't forget that the man killed was trying to buy drugs."
    Exactly.

    I think it goes without saying that where there are drugs, there are hardened criminals who wouldn't think twice to kill you if it seems worth it to them. The dude who got killed should have stayed in the suburbs and whi More..
    wow the death sentence for buying drugs! thats a bit harsh isn`t it?"
    QFT dude habeeb is most probably a middle class public school educated kid who knows fcuk all about the real world.

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  • Kill that waste of life, another ***** shows his true colors.

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  • tavolo: "my son is innocent. he's a good boy. a good student. oh yeah, he's also a fukking murderer. hang from the highest tree you baboon mutherfukker. may your asss cheeks never see rest in prison. "
    amen

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  • Hang him high...

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  • "officers worked to get the father on the ground and..."

    The court room does not have any "ground" it's called the FLOOR, the ground is outside with the grass and trees.

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  • The marshall plan was pure economics, hence the "plan". If you really think, 60 years later, that your stars F! you up and that you lost any penny in it... go kiss the stars.

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  • Mr. Magruder: "
    Kafka: "The marshall plan was pure economics, hence the "plan". If you really think, 60 years later, that your stars F! you up and that you lost any penny in it... go kiss the stars."
    So where are you actually from? Your flag seems to have changed all of a sudden..."
    Whoooo Blitz krieg they call it... but Belgium it is.

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  • rojr8: "
    Grimwall: "I can't help but to smile at the duality of your morals, people. In other video threads you're pointing fingers at middle eastern lynchings and hangings, and now you're here wanting to see the same bullshit in your own country on this thread.

    Don't mind the flag next to my name, it has little effect on my opinion of you. I am not targeting you because you are American, I'm targeting you for preferring savagery and unmoderated justice, the very same thing people of your nationality usually speak out against.

    I have sympathy for the grief of the family of the victim More..
    dont worry i know what you mean my country is full of the biggest hypocrites ...they call the kid monkey, baboon they want to hang him they get worked up in their lynch mob mentality and there is no stopping them they are like lemming and white americans are still the biggest racists out they just have learned how to hide it better...the kid who got killed was buying drugs its a dangerous game its not like he was on his way to church for all you people know the kid who was killed could have been the biggest druggie theiving loser out "
    Whites are the biggest racists? Not sure what trailer park you are living but from my experience Caucasians are so overtly apologetic for something they had NO part in that it sometimes makes me sick.

    The double standard for race in America is an embarrassment to any sane person.
    Europeans love to call us racist but please name ONE European country with as many minority millionaires, as many minority people in senior government position, ELECTED positions. You can't can you?

    Its OK to say cracker but the word ***** is almost illegal.
    White boy, gringo, wheto, gabacho, pecker wood, honky are all acceptable and can be heard frequently on TV.

    Whites are racist? Ever heard of being afraid to drive through a "white" neighborhood because you might get shot or carjacked?

    The Media is afraid to call these organizations "racist" but read what they preach, sounds like something from a KKK manual to me.

    http://www.rense.com/politics6/az.htm

    http://www.mexica-movement.org/granmarcha.htm

    http://www.muslimhope.com/BlackMuslims.htm

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  • father should have bit the dudes face, sounds cowardly but its better than choking him for a secodn or 2, would have given him something to remember his victim by every time he looked in the mirror while bent over getting a gangbang

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  • Mr. Magruder: "
    Habeeb Mohamed: "
    pigbenus: "
    Habeeb Mohamed: "
    HasAnyoneSeenMyPipe: "
    fangino: "
    Habeeb Mohamed: "
    devildog04: "I'm not defending the (28 year old) son, and I don't think he deserved to die, but before you say the defendant should be raped repeatedly in prison, don't forget that the man killed was trying to buy drugs."
    Exactly.

    I think it goes without saying that where there are drugs, there are hardened criminals who wouldn't think twice More..
    wow the death sentence for buying drugs! thats a bit harsh isn`t it?"
    QFT dude habeeb is most probably a middle class public school educated kid who knows fcuk all about the real world."
    Well I know enough not to get killed over some stupid bullshit like drugs. I think it sucks that the guy died and that his family is suffering but drug dealers are not to be fucked with PERIOD. I mean if you wanna live longer or generally reduce your chances of dying, stay as far away from drugs, their dealers and illegal activities as possible. I know enough about the "real world" to know that drugs aren't all about Half Baked and getting the munchies, its an illegal business for a reason. It kills people and/or fucks them up for life."
    hi my names habeeb im from britan i know all about guns and gangsters and american culture!!!fuktard!"
    So what is that supposed to mean? Because I might be from Britain I don't know anything about how to reduce my risk of ending up in a situation that could cost me my life. What are you trying to insinuate? Some of you people try to act like this shit is rocket science and you act as if I wanted the guy to die or that I am saying that doing drugs is an automatic death sentence. All I am trying to say is this in life you're bound to take risks, some of those risks might mean the difference between living and dying. Its up to you which risks you think are worth your well being. Now that guy who got killed either didn't know the risk (which I seriously doubt),didn't care or thought it was worth it. I'm not trying to absolve the murderer of what he did but he might not have had anyone to kill that day if that other kid had decided that some pot or whatever he was buying wasn't worth his own ass.

    Doing drugs isn't an automatic death sentence, just like joining the army doesn't condemn you to an fiery death at the hands of an IED. But if you want to drastically reduce your risk of getting blown up or shot, I would recommend staying away from the military. just like I would recommend staying away from drugs with regard to the fact that you could over dose or get in with the wrong sort of people. "
    He means the worst you see in Britain is drive by arguments."
    Wow that's pretty ignorant.

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  • White people, please, teach your children the dangers of drugs and the dangers of having anything to do with the likes of the killer in this video. Their culture means death and destruction and if you allow yourself to remain for long in their sick culture's proximity, you are in grave danger. Stay as far away from them as is possible.

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  • vigilante justice baby !!

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  • should have been sentenced to death by the judge, and the instrument to be used is the victims dad..

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  • devildog04: "I'm not defending the (28 year old) son, and I don't think he deserved to die, but before you say the defendant should be raped repeatedly in prison, don't forget that the man killed was trying to buy drugs."
    so what if he was buying drugs,doesn't mean he should be snuffed out.

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  • I would not want to kill the murderer because I want his payback to occur daily in prison. That said, I would just try to blind him and mame him permanently, no biggie, I am just compassionate like that.

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  • What a suprise he was black.

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