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Mom, son arrested during Halifax courtroom ruckus

Posted September 29, 2011

— A mother became disruptive after her son was convicted in Halifax County Superior Court Wednesday, leading to a courtroom ruckus in which deputies used a stun gun to subdue her son, according to the Halifax County Sheriff's Office.

A jury convicted Antwaan Deandre Clanton, 38, of felony breaking and entering, larceny and injury to personal property.

Lt. Bruce Temple said that as Judge Alma Hinton talked to jurors, 55-year-old Lillian Clanton became verbally disruptive. Sheriff's deputies tried to take her from the courtroom, Temple said, and Antwaan Clanton also became disruptive, turning over a table and resisting deputies. They used a stun gun on him to subdue him.

Lillian Clanton, of Weldon, was charged with disorderly conduct in a public building and contempt of court. She was ordered held without bond.

Antwaan Clanton's sentencing was delayed. Temple said deputies plan to charge him in connection with the courtroom incident.

Antwaan Clanton was on trial for charges stemming from a 2010 break-in and a break-in that happened a day after he was released from jail on July 14. He had finished serving a 16-month sentence for fraud and drug convictions.

Antwaan Clanton has more than three dozen convictions dating to 1991 and has spent more than 13 years of the past 20 behind bars, according to state Department of Correction records. He has been convicted numerous times of break-in and larceny, as well as assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a child, assault on a female and selling drugs.

Lillian Clanton has served probation for seven convictions dating to 1993, including assault with a deadly weapon, assault on an officer and drunk and disorderly behavior, DOC records state.


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  • braddavis Sep 30, 2011

    The apple never falls too far from the tree.

  • slappyh99 Sep 29, 2011

    Sunshine 1040...He has spent 13 of the last 20 years in prison. I really don't think he will EVER get the idea that there are easier ways to make a living. This guy is a career criminal. I agree that if these people would put as much time into a job as they do committing crimes they and society would be much better off.

  • fairyswearboots2 Sep 29, 2011

    Seems to me that BOTH Mother and Son should stay in jail as it looks like that Both are Habitual offenders. Like mother like son ..

  • jsc1990 Sep 29, 2011

    Prime example of a mother's love. Doesn't matter if he does have a rap sheet- He is still her BABY......

  • sunshine1040 Sep 29, 2011

    I wonder where Dad was while his son was learning that crime does not pay . Hopefully this yoiung man will get the idea that there are easier ways to make a living other then ripping other folks off

  • robnw79 Sep 29, 2011

    Like mother, like son I guess. I wonder what kinds of things the mother yelled out in court. Maybe she said, arrest me because I did a poor job in raising my son. Just like him, I've been in and out of jail all my life. This is so sad. Parents please communicate with your children.

  • question_why Sep 29, 2011

    You don't have to wonder where he learned his behavior from...

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  • Just the facts mam Sep 29, 2011

    And as long as he is out of prison, he will continue to commit more crimes. Lock him up and throw away the key.

  • eoglane Sep 29, 2011

    Looks like the mom has lead her son in to crime, what a shame