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Denver Fenton Allen who gained notoriety for crude ‘Rick and Morty’ courtroom exchange sentenced to life

December 14, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Denver Fenton Allen who gained notoriety for crude ‘Rick and Morty’ courtroom exchange sentenced to life

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Denver Fenton Allen— whose remarkably vulgar courtroom dialogue with a judge in Georgia was immortalized by the hit TV series“Rick and Morty” — has pleaded guilty but mentally ill to murdering his cellmate.

On Monday, the 33-year-old pleaded guilty after Judge Billy Sparks rejected Allen’s motion that he murdered Stephen Rudolph Nalley in self-defense after spending only five days in the Floyd County Jail.

Allen — who experiences from delusions and suffers from schizophrenia, according to a state evaluation that still deemed him fit to stand trial — was sentenced to life behind bars, before he threatened to kill those present in the courtroom, including the assistant district attorney, the Rome News-Tribune reports.

In 2016, Denver Fenton Allen gained national attention for an obscene, 11-minute exchange with Superior Court Judge Bryant Durham in which Allen threatened to murder the judge’s family and made constant graphic sexual threats.

Allen alleged that his court-appointed lawyer had made unwanted sexual advances toward him and was inadequately prepared. Durham said he challenged those claims and suggested that Allen go to trial with the attorney rather than represent himself, prompting Allen’s astonishingly crude rant.

The exchange shown in the court transcript descended from there, with Durham putting Allen.

A snippet from the exchange is shown below:

Allen: I don’t care.

Durham: I know you don’t. I sentence you to 20 days for that. If you say anything else, I’m going to add 20 days to everything you say.

Allen: F–k you.

Durham: Forty.

Allen: F–k you.

Durham: Sixty.

Allen: Go f–k yourself.

Durham: One year.

Allen: Your mama.

Durham: Ten years.

“You know, this is going to be an interesting trial,” Durham added. “You’re absolutely the rudest person I’ve ever met!”

Durham later recused himself from the case and published a public apology for his participation in the exchange.

Assistant District Attorney Luke Martin said Allen targeted his cellmate to try to boost his reputation at the prison.

“He didn’t punch the biggest guy; he waited until Stephen Nalley went to sleep,” Martin stated. “He bashed Nalley’s head in … then he went around and bragged about killing his cellmate.”

“He’s a dangerous person,” Martin added. “He needs to be in prison until he dies.”

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