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Prosecutor hurt in courthouse scuffle

Amelia County Commonwealth’s Attorney Lee Harrison was injured along with two others when a criminal defendant became violent at the Amelia County courthouse Thursday.

Harrison came to the aid of a sheriff’s deputy who was attacked by an accused burglar, according to a news release from the county sheriff’s office.

Harrison was taken to a hospital along with Dep. Joseph Jones and courthouse staffer Tommy Poore.

Defendant Joseph W. Greene, 31, accused in the attack, had been scheduled for trial Thursday in Amelia County Circuit Court on charges of breaking and entering and grand larceny, according to online court records. Additional charges are expected.

A published report said Greene was being led into the courtroom when he attacked the deputy with leg shackles.

Greene, of Powhatan County,  has a record of four theft convictions, according to a report in Powhatan Today.

UPDATE:

Harrison reports today he is back at work, albeit with six stitches in his head, two black eyes, cuts on his face and a possible torn rotator cuff. The prosecutor said he had no plans to take time off, and expects to be in court on Monday.

Harrison declined to describe the incident, saying he did not want public statements on the events to affect the expected prosecution of Greene.

By Peter Vieth

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