Skip to comments.Man fakes heart attack in court, gets 42 years anyway (with video)
Posted on 07/06/2008 8:15:48 AM PDT by van_erwin
DAYTON The second time Keison Wilkins acted as his own attorney for a felonious assault trial didn't work out so well.
Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Mary Katherine Huffman sentenced Wilkins to 42 years in prison Monday, June 30.
The sentencing capped off a week of Wilkins' antics, which frequently caused Huffman to clear the courtroom. At one point he began yelling about lynchings. On Thursday, he apparently faked a heart attack, collapsing to the floor while uninterested observers watched.
After the "attack," during which medical personnel checked him out and found nothing wrong with him, Wilkins sat in a chair, pretending to be unconscious. When a deputy put an ammonia stick under his nose Wilkins responded, opened his eyes, then went back to feigning unconsciousness.
Wilkins, 33, who has an eighth-grade education, successfully represented himself before. In March 2005, a jury acquitted him of a different felonious assault charge, but a judge convicted him of being a felon in possession of a weapon.
Last week, Wilkins represented himself again, and a jury convicted him Friday of two counts of felonious assault, being a felon in possession of a weapon, firing a gun into a habitation. He was also convicted of gun specifications, which added three years, and of being a repeat violent offender, adding 10 years to his sentence.
It was the second time Wilkins had been tried in that case. In January 2005, two months before his successful defense, Wilkins was represented by an attorney and convicted.
The Ohio 2nd District Court of Appeals overruled the convictions from the January 2005 trial, sending it back to Huffman's court for re-trial. The appeals court found Wilkins' attorney was ineffective for failing to object to Reginald Brooks' hearsay testimony.
Brooks, who was shot April 28, 2004, on the 700 block of Faulkner Avenue, testified at trial that someone told him that Wilkins had been hired to kill him.
Huffman had appointed an attorney for Wilkins for last week's trial, but Wilkins said he declined "because I don't trust you or your court."
Let me guess-he’s a fan of Sanford and Son?
He’ll have 42 years to brush up on his acting skills. lol
The video is cool and the judge is wonderful. I think the best thing to do is leave him there...for weeks, if necessary...until he gets hungry enough to quit faking a heart attack. Then I’d throw him in the clink for 42 years and throw the key away.
He’s rehearsing for a spot in the US Senate....or as a member of the Illinois Delegation.
Add 5-years for bad acting.
When Redd Foxx actually did drop dead of a heart attack on the set of “The Royal Family”, the people around him thought he was reprising his schtick from Sanford and Son.
His tombstone reads:
"I told you I was sick!"
Well, what I learned is that there is little difference between Barak Hussein Obama and Keison Wilkins. Both dress well, both presnet themselves well, but neither has anything of substance to say and both are con artists.
I hope enough voters realize that by November.
If a member of the legal caste over punished this guy for daring to represent himself, then it is certainly not awesome, but a sentence likely to be overturned. One has a right to represent ones self and the legal caste should not punish him for doing so, though to protect their fellow caste members they often do. I am not sure if 42 years matches the typical sentence for what he was convicted of or not.
Agreed, but representing onesself should not include court disruption and such antics. They only serve to reinforce the idea that court is for "professionals," not The People.
Classic illustration of the phrase: “a person who represents himself has a fool for client”.
How dare you malign our Illinois legislatorsd that way? That's my job!
Well, ok, go ahead and malign the worthless bastards but I get to be the chief maligner.
Obama.....”Keison Wilkins was not the man I knew”
...and bill him for everyone’s time wasted.
He must be the defendants lawyer... HAHAHAHAHAHA!
Defendant was defending himself, as he did successfully in the past.
He refused a court-appointed lawyer, too.
Everyone was pretty fed up with the guy, it seems. The judge had to clear the courtroom several times, and he was yelling about lynchings, from what I’ve read.