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Defendant Allegedly Attacks Victim’s Mom

September 30, 2003

DETROIT (AP) _ A man in court to be sentenced for wounding three people tried to attack one victim’s mother and was wrestled to the ground by police.

Loren P. Key, 33, was convicted of 20 felony counts, including attempted murder, armed robbery and carjacking, in the shootings last year of two officers and a motorist.

``You are a sick person. You are sick to think you have a right to run around with a gun,″ Pam Koelsch, mother of one of the officers, said at Monday’s sentencing.

With that statement, Key swore at Koelsch and jumped out of his seat and pointed toward her, television stations reported.

``I don’t want to hear nothing ... don’t care if you take me out of here in a body bag,″ Key said.

Police and sheriff’s deputies wrestled him to the ground and removed him from court. He was brought back in handcuffs but was removed again after saying he would not listen to victims’ testimony.

The judge sentenced him to 79 to 142 years in prison.

Authorities say Key shot Detroit Officers Rochelle Avery and Lance Sullivan as they responded to a hostage report on May 18, 2002. He also shot Dante Hunter while trying to steal his car as he fled. All three survived.

Key was arrested March 29 in California after months as a fugitive. Police stopped him for dodging the fare on a trolley, and he was identified through fingerprints.

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