Man cuts own throat in courtroom after jail sentence

Man cuts own throat in courtroom after jail sentence
Terry Barnes

OREGON CITY, Ore. – A man cut his own throat with a small razor blade in a Clackamas County courtroom after he was sentenced for a theft conviction Monday, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said.

Terry Barnes, 55, smuggled the blade into the courtroom, according to Sgt. Robert Wurpes. Barnes was sentenced to six months in jail for second-degree theft.

When the judge ordered deputies to take Barnes into custody to begin serving the sentence, Barnes declared that he gave himself a “death sentence” and began slicing his neck with the small blade.

Deputies ordered Barnes drop the blade, which he did. Barnes rolled onto the floor, Wurpes said. Deputies put pressure on his wounds until paramedics arrived and took him to a hospital.

Barnes is expected to survive. He is scheduled to undergo a mental health evaluation.

It’s unclear how Barnes, who is confined to a wheelchair, smuggled the blade into the courtroom.

“It appears security operated within procedural guidelines,” Wurpes said in a news release. “Mr. Barnes' person and wheelchair had been patted down and visually inspected by DePaul Security as he entered the courthouse, and his belongings and jacket had been X-rayed."