August 6, 2007
STEUBENVILLE ó A Cincinnati man who admitted to pulling the trigger in a July 29, 2006, murder on South Court Alley was attacked by the victimís 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 victimís father, during victim impact statements.
The victimís 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
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