Terrorism Charge Against Man Accused of Attacking Local Prosecutors
A man convicted of sexual assault has been charged with trying two prosecutors in an Ingham County courtroom last month.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette charged Joshua Harding, 35, of Okemos, with four felonies related to his August courtroom attack on Ingham County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jonathan Roth on Thursday.
Harding has been charged with the following:
· Assault To Commit Murder, a felony punishable by up to life in prison;
· Terrorism, a felony punishable by up to life in prison;
· Carrying A Concealed Weapon, a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison, and;
· Possession of a Weapon in Jail, a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
On August 2, 2016, just prior a jury convicting Harding of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, he allegedly removed a shank from his shirt sleeve and rushed towards Assistant Prosecutor Roth allegedly trying to stab him in the head in the middle of an open court room in downtown Lansing.
"I am thankful for the quick action of the Ingham County Sheriff Deputies in the courtroom and grateful that Asst. Prosecutor Roth suffered no serious injury," said Schuette.
"Prosecutors like Mr. Roth go to court every day to provide justice for Michigan victims and I am grateful for these men and women who work so hard to see justice is provided."
Harding was charged as a habitual offender in Ingham County Circuit Court on September 22, 2016. He is currently in Ingham County Jail and is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon.
Harding was sentenced to at least 19 years in prison on Wednesday on the Ingham County Criminal Sexual Conduct charge he was in court for at the time of the attack.