Man Who Attacked Defense Lawyer Makes Guilty Plea

Extra security was on hand for a guilty plea in Onslow County for a man who last year attacked a prominent Boston defense attorney.

Eben Howard was brought back to North Carolina to face the 2003 killing of his ex-wife's boyfriend in Jacksonville.

Under a plea agreement the state agreed to drop the murder charge for a plea to voluntary manslaughter. Dave Johnson was strangled on May 3, 2003 in his Richland's home.

The judge sentenced Howard to serve just over 5 to 7 years in prison.

In January 2010 attorney Jeffrey Denner was attacked by Howard in a Boston courtroom while representing the man for an assault on a correctional officer.

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