A Wilkinsburg man who threatened a paralyzed Clairton police officer and then caused a disturbance during a court hearing that ended with his being shocked with a Taser was sentenced to 35 to 70 months in prison this morning.
Irvin Glaze, 44, was sentenced on two separate cases by Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Beth A. Lazzara.
He pleaded guilty in March to multiple counts including aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats, harassment, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Defense attorney Blaine Jones said his client had been involved in mental health court with Judge Lazzara from a 2009 case, but had difficulty following the program.
On Aug. 27, former Clairton Officer James Kuzak was near the county courthouse when Glaze walked past him and said "Clairton's in the house."
When Officer Kuzak asked him how he was doing, Glaze responded, "Better off than you."
The officer answered, "I don't think so," and Glaze became irate. He followed Officer Kuzak and threatened to kick him out of his wheelchair.
Glaze ran into the courthouse to Judge Lazzara's courtroom where he was scheduled for a mental health court review hearing. He caused a disturbance there and was asked to leave.
He refused, took a swing at a sheriff's deputy, who then shocked him with a Taser.
Mr. Jones said his client has a number of mental health diagnoses, including schizophrenia. he spent 50 days at Torrance state hospital before he was determined to be competent.
At the sentencing this morning, Minnie Glaze, the defendant's mother, told the court that she had her son in treatment as a child, but eventually ran out of money to continue.
She said his condition worsened about nine years ago. Medication kept him stable, but often Glaze would stop taking it.
The man hated the side effects from it, Mr. Jones said.
Judge Lazzara told Glaze she had repeatedly tried to help him through mental health court, and his inability to follow the program left her with no choice but to sentence him to prison.
Officer Kuzak did not attend the sentencing.
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