WHEELING, W.Va. -- A man who stormed out of a federal courtroom has been convicted of two counts of obstructing and resisting an officer.
U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld said Thursday that Michael Behrens, 43, of Triadelphia, was convicted of the misdemeanor offenses in federal court in Wheeling.
Ihlenfeld said spectators at the criminal trial of Behrens' brother had been advised to keep comments and emotions to themselves upon hearing the verdict. But Ihlenfeld said Behrens kicked a bench, made a verbal outburst and left the courtroom.
Deputy U.S. marshals ordered him to stop in the lobby to be taken back to court. He refused and a struggle ensued. Behrens was restrained, taken to a holding cell and returned to the courtroom.
Behrens faces up to a year in prison on each count.