Man admits to courtroom chair tantrum

COLUMBUS, Indiana — After admitting his guilt, a Columbus man could receive up to six years in prison for hurling chairs at a judge and courtroom staff earlier this year.

Jordan L. Rhoades, 21, of 465 Clifty Drive, accepted a plea bargain Monday by admitting he is guilty of battery resulting in bodily injury to a public safety officer, a Level 5 felony.

In exchange, prosecutors in Bartholomew Superior Court 1 agreed to drop two other pending felony charges: Attempted battery against a public safety official and an offense against a computer user.

The charge stems from incidents that occurred during a Feb. 9 sentencing hearing before Bartholomew Superior Court 1 Judge Kathleen “Kitty” Tighe Coriden.

Read more details in Wednesday’s print edition of The Republic.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5636.