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A Texas man slit his throat in a court room after being sentenced to 40 years behind bars.

47-year-old Marcial Anguiano took the stand Tuesday hoping to be sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to aggravated assault for cutting his niece with a butcher knife

District Judge Larry Mitchell says he decided against probatio however, noting the man’s five previous stints in prison.

He tells the Associated Press,

He looked up at me kind of quizzically and said, ’40 years? And I said, ‘Yes, 40 years’…Anguiano immediately pulled out the razor blade and “put it to his throat hard, and blood started gushing out.”

Mitchell says court room bailiffs rushed over to the defendant and escorted him to a holding cell until paramedics arrived.

Bailiffs say they previously noticed the man holding something in his right hand and confiscated a thin razor from a safety blade.

The second blade however went unnoticed.