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Courtroom sees suicide attempt after Happy Valley theft sentencing

Shortly before noon on Monday, a man convicted of theft in Happy Valley reportedly smuggled in a small razorblade and cut his own throat after being sentenced at the Clackamas County Courthouse.

Terry Barnes, 55, is currently confined to a wheelchair, according to CCSO Sgt. Robert Wurpes. Barnes had reported to the courthouse with his wife for a April 8 sentencing hearing on a theft occurring on June 25, 2012.

Police said it appeared security operated within procedural guidelines: DePaul Security patted down and visually inspected Barnes as he entered the courthouse, and his belongings and jacket had been X-rayed.

During the sentencing hearing, Circuit Court Judge Mike Wetzel ordered Barnes to be taken immediately into custody to serve a 180-day sentence. Courtroom deputies were standing a short distance behind Barnes, preparing to take him into custody.

Upon hearing the sentence, Barnes reportedly made a short declaration that he had been given a “death sentence” before slicing his neck on both sides with a small fraction of razorblade.

Courtroom deputies immediately radioed for medical to respond. A courtroom deputy ordered Barnes to drop the razor, and he did so, but only after allegedly cutting both sides of his neck.

Barnes then rolled forward out of his chair onto the floor. Deputies provided direct pressure and first aid to Barnes until paramedics arrived to take over his care and transported him to an area hospital.

Barnes is expected to survive. Deputies placed a Peace Officer Hold on Barnes — meaning that they delivered him to mandatory hospital care and a professional mental evaluation.



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