Defendant with violent history spews vulgarities at judge.

October 29, 2018

Clayton Corbett angrily addresses 27th Circuit Court Judge Bradley G. Lambrix. Also pictured are attorney Julie Springstead Waltz and Oceana County sheriff’s deputy Dave Gregwer.

Defendant with violent history spews vulgarities at judge.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART – A 38-year-old Hart man who allegedly attacked an Oceana County sheriff’s deputy with a knife last summer spewed vulgarities at 27th Circuit Court Judge Bradley G. Lambrix Monday morning, Oct. 29.

Clayton John Corbett, of 2205 N. 72nd Ave., appeared in court with his court-appointed attorney, Julie Springstead Waltz for a pretrial hearing.

Corbett asked Judge Lambrix for a new attorney, and when the judge denied his request, Corbett became extremely angry. He interrupted Lambrix, and yelled, “Send me back to prison!”

“F— it! I’m tired of this s—. I’m being f—– over by another Springstead.”

Corbett, who is currently incarcerated in the Oceana County Jail on a $25,000/cash/surety bond, was quickly escorted back to the jail by sheriff’s officers following his courtroom tirade.

He was arrested June 27 for three felony counts of assault with a dangerous weapon against a police officer and third-offense habitual offender.

After saying he declined a plea offer by the prosecutor’s office, he requested a new attorney. “I didn’t get my full due process,” Corbett said. “She has not fully articulated her job.”

The judge told Corbett he “respectfully declined” his request for a new attorney, and that’s when Corbett became hostile.

Parole agents from the state probation and parole office went to Corbett’s home last summer to do an inspection, and found him in violation of his parole, said Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast. A parole agent requested law enforcement at the scene. When sheriff’s deputies arrived, he said he “wouldn’t be taken alive” and pulled a knife, Mast said.

“A taser was deployed, and a scuffle ensued,” Mast said. “A deputy suffered a superficial wound from the knife.”

Corbett is on parole for a 2012 Oceana County conviction of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder. He was sentenced to four to 10 years in prison, according to the Offender Tracking Information System (OTIS).

He did a prior prison stint in 1999 for an Oceana County conviction of two counts of second-degree home invasion for which he was sentenced to three to 15 years in prison.

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