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Man disappears from courthouse before sentencing

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Authorities are on the lookout for a man who walked out of the Mahoning County courthouse on Monday, just before he was about to be sentenced for his role in a shooting.

Richard Labooth, 36, of Youngstown was to be sentenced to prison for his role in a December 2012 shooting in Youngstown.

In that incident, Labooth allegedly shot a man three times, and he was shot five times. A gun battle that left him permanently injured.

On Monday, in the Mahoning County courthouse, Labooth's attorney objected to which judge would hand down the sentencing. During a BREAK in the proceedings, Labooth left the courthouse.

"He walked away from sentencing. So, there's an arrest warrant for him. And we're going to request that the judge sentence him immediately upon him being arrested," said Paul Gains, Mahoning County's prosecutor.

Now, Labooth, who has a criminal history of charges that include drug possession, burglary, assault and already facing five years in prison could be facing even more time.

"We're looking at our options on that. My understanding was that he was under house arrest, wearing an ankle bracelet. If he did not return there, then he may very well face an additional charge of escape," said Gains.

While the court had issued an arrest warrant for Labooth, U.S. Marshals weren't aware they should be on the lookout for Labooth until they received a call from 21 News.

Police do consider Labooth dangerous, and for now his whereabouts are unknown.

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