Winthrop Harbor man broke court officer’s nose after sentencing, authorities say; Sheriff calls it ‘nothing short of cowardly’ newstrendslive

A Winthrop Harbor man ordered to spend more than seven years in prison Wednesday is potentially facing more time behind bars after attacking a Lake County Court officer and breaking his nose upon learning his fate from the judge, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

A Lake County judge sentenced Maseo B. Rosser, 22, of the 200 block of West Oak Lane, to seven years and six months in prison for aggravated discharge of a firearm. Rosser had been free on bond prior to the sentencing.

As the court officer began taking Rosser into custody, Rosser punched him in the face and head butted him, breaking his nose, according to the release. Another court officer and two sheriff’s deputies eventually subdued Rosser after a struggle lasting several minutes.

Rosser is now facing three additional felony charges — aggravated battery to a peace officer, resisting a peace officer causing injury and aggravated assault — after they were approved by the Lake County state’s attorney’s office.

After Rosser was subdued, he verbally threatened a local police officer who was in the courtroom, the release said. That officer testified at Rosser’s sentencing hearing.

Sheriff John D. Idleburg said in the release Rosser’s actions were less than unacceptable, and Idleburg looks forward to soon seeing the court officer returning to work.

“Instead of accepting accountability for his past actions, this individual made the poor choice to attack our staff, which is nothing short of cowardly,” the sheriff said.

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