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Attorney: Man tased after 'going ballistic' in St. Louis courtroom

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Steven Huffman, 44, was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday for assault. Steven Huffman, 44, was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday for assault.
By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- A man with a history of assault charges was tased in a St. Louis circuit courtroom after reportedly 'going ballistic' when his prison sentence was handed down.

Steven Huffman, 44, has 11 prior assault convictions. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday for assault.

After hearing the sentence, Huffman blamed the victim and reportedly lost his temper in the courtroom, according to St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce.

Huffman reportedly threatened the victim, cursed the judge and headbutted a sheriff's deputy before courtroom officers used a Taser to subdue him.

"He has an extensive history of assaults and violent behavior," said St. Louis Assistant Circuit Attorney Jennifer Matthew. "This is pretty much in line with everything that, sadly, we thought about him; that he is so violent that he needs to be incarcerated and kept away from society. He cannot control himself."

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