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A convicted drug dealer faces even more charges after police say he pulled a gun in court right after his sentencing.

Cory Daugherty had just been sentenced to 10-years in prison Monday on a meth charge when police say he pulled a gun in the Madison county courtroom while police were taking him into custody.

Daugherty escaped, forcing the lock down of Winterset schools. Sheriff Craig Busch spotted him a few blocks from the courthouse.

"I was running through my mind how can I approach him in my car, stop my car, put the car in park, get out, draw my weapon before he draws his weapon and starts shooting at me?" Sheriff Busch recalls. "Finally I just thought, well, whatever is gonna happen is gonna happen."

cory daughertyAuthorities later found two loaded guns they believe Daugherty had stashed in a garbage bin.

The judge who sentenced Daugherty says he wants to see armed deputies guarding the courthouse and metal detectors at the entrances.

"I would like to at least have a deputy here, an armed deputy at all times, when we have people in court. I think we're just asking for trouble if we don't," Richard Clogg said.

The sheriff says he doesn’t have the manpower or the budget to make that happen.


  • Jason

    Ummmm….if the judge wants armed security, perhaps he should arm himself?

    As a judge, I believe he is at least somewhat familiar with the constitution. The second amendment gives him the right to do just that.

    Or perhaps the judge can hire private security.

    We are seeing more elitists in local and county government. The judge knows very well that Madison County cannot afford to adequately maintain its roads or feed their hungry…but yet this guy wants armed security?

    We all make choices, career and otherwise. So the judge chooses this line of work, chooses to not keep this guy incarcerated from conviction to sentencing, and now wants armed security because he let this guy out of the pokey?

    Come on.

  • Joe Droppert

    Sorry judge, we are too busy worrying about the rest of the world to spend money on our own security

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