ITHACA, N.Y. — An Ithaca man found innocent of a misdemeanor charge in Ithaca City Court was taken to jail following the verdict after he allegedly tried attacking a person in court.

Patrick Smuda, 59, received several warnings about remaining orderly in the courtroom from Judge Scott Miller during his trial. But after the verdict was read and he was leaving the courtroom, he got into a verbal altercation and tried to attack a person.

He was sentenced to 15 days at the Tompkins County Jail and charged with criminal contempt for violating a court order. Online documents indicate that he is being held without bail or bond, and a jail official said Tuesday morning that the man is still in custody.

Smuda also has a pending harassment charge against him in Ithaca City Court, stemming from accusations that he attacked a woman several months ago. The incident has not been resolved, yet.

Jolene Almendarez

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