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Mom, son sentenced for court outburst


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A mother and son have been sentenced after their courtroom outbursts during a child molesting trial last year.

Michael Sloan, 25, of Edinburgh, had one year added to his 35-year sentence for child molesting for striking and kicking a police officer multiple times after his trial in Johnson Circuit Court.

His mother, Paula Johnson-Smith, 48, of Indianapolis, was given one year probation for making threats to harm the female victim in that case, according to Johnson County deputy prosecutor Joe Villanueva.

Sloan was found guilty of child molesting during a jury trial in October. Johnson-Smith tried to hug her son after the verdict, but they were ordered to stop by the judge and police in the courtroom.

Sloan repeatedly struck and kicked a police officer that tried to separate him from his mother, and police used a Taser to get him under control, Villanueva said.

Johnson-Smith then threatened to kill the victim in the child molesting trial, but the victim was not in the courtroom.

Johnson-Smith had no previous criminal history and was given one year probation with the requirement she continue ongoing psychological counseling, while avoiding any contact with the victim, Villanueva said.

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