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Social media sides with father who lunged at Larry Nassar during sentencing

A Michigan courtroom erupted in violence Friday when a father tried to attack Larry Nassar during his third and final sentencing. As word of the incident surfaced online, many took to social media to post their reactions. 

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During the victim-impact statements, Randall Margraves, the father of three of Nassar’s alleged victims lunged at the former sports doctor after Judge Janice Cunningham denied his request to let him have five minutes alone with the “demon.”

Upon Cunningham’s rejection, Margraves said, “Well, I’m going to have to.” He then rushed towards the former sports doctor but was stopped by Nassar’s lawyer and officers. 

Many hopped on Twitter to support the dad’s actions. Several even offered to donate to his legal fund in case he was charged in the attempted attack. 

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Others thought the judge should have granted Margraves his wish. 

Nassar, the physician known for treating Olympic female gymnasts, will spend the rest of his life behind bars after receiving a 40 to 175 years-sentence in a Michigan prison in January. 

More than 150 women and girls took the stand to detail the sexual abuse they endured by the doctor, who plead guilty to sexual assault that dates back 20 years. Before serving the Michigan sentence, the 54-year-old faces 60-years in federal prison for child pornography crimes.

Even more victims are expected to speak Friday, and the proceedings are likely to extend into next week.

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