Lance Brown, convicted of throwing brick through courthouse window, sentenced to almost a year in prison

The man convicted last week of throwing a brick through the front door of the Columbus federal courthouse was sentenced Tuesday to almost a year in prison.

Lance Emanuel Brown, 36, has been in jail since July 2011. He’ll be released June 1 and then be transferred to a halfway house for six months before he’s completely free, U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land ordered.

Brown, who leaned his head back in his chair and stared at the ceiling Tuesday, never denied throwing the brick last July that shattered a window in the courthouse door and caused $1,450 in damage. Brown insisted on going to trial, and last week he told jurors about his failed attempts to avoid homelessness.

On Tuesday, Brown was given the chance to speak to the judge. Brown indicated any probationary sentence would be wasted on him.

“I’ll make you chase me around the country a few times,” Brown said. “You can keep that probation.”

U.S. Assistant District Attorney Mel Hyde said he believed Brown.

“I think you can take Mr. Brown at his word,” Hyde told the judge.