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Convicted felon knocks his mother to the ground before escaping from courtroom

By Mason White 9:25 AM April 5, 2015
Daroyce Rodgers 

By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A man managed to run free from a courthouse after being found guilty of drug charges.

32-year-old Daroyce Rodgers of Texarkana, Arkansas, fled from a courtroom on Tuesday, after he was found guilty of possession with intent to deliver cocaine.

Rodgers apparently freaked out when the jury sentenced him to 20 years in prison.

After sentencing, he was allowed to hug his mother over a court railing. He grabbed the opportunity to make his escape.

Rodgers jumped the railing, pushed his mother to the ground, pushed some officers to the ground and made his way out of the building.

He bolted “like a deer” said Thomas Harness, head of security at the Miller County Courthouse.

“This guy was offered probation, but he chose to go on trial and got 20 years in prison,” said Miller County prosecutor Stephanie Potter Black.

The U.S. Marshals Service and that sheriffs were on the hunt for Rodgers, who now faces additional charges of battery, injuring the bailiffs and escape from custody.