A Maine man pleaded guilty to resisting a federal officer in Springfield’s federal court Friday.
The State Department of Justice said 43-year-old Thomas Walker of Pemaquid, Maine, pleaded guilty to one count of resisting a federal officer on July 24, 2017.
The court says Walker was brought to federal court in Worcester for a hearing to determine whether he should be held in custody while facing a pending drug charge.
“Walker was brought into the courtroom by two Deputy U.S. Marshals and a corrections officer,” the Department of Justice explained in the news release. “Walker’s handcuffs were removed, and he was seated next to his attorneys. While waiting for the judge, Walker turned around and began speaking with a relative in the courtroom gallery. The Marshals directed Walker to face forward and stop speaking with anyone in the gallery.”
That was when they say Walker began verbally assaulting the officers and when they approached to restrain him, he swung at one of the Marshalls and missed.
“He swung a second time with his open hand and hit the Marshal in the face,” the Justice Department explained on the news release. “Walker’s resistance resulted in all four individuals going down to the floor in a scuffle. Eventually, the Marshals, the officer, and a courtroom security officer were able to gain control of Walker, handcuff him, and remove him from the courtroom.”
Walker faces a sentence of no greater than eight years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000, for the charge he’s facing.
He has been in police custody since his arrest on June 30, 2017, for his role in a federal drug conspiracy. Sentencing for Walker has been scheduled for Dec. 12, 2018.