Patton sentencing Feb. 24

Josh Neal Patton, who at 17 was charged last April with possession of a firearm on a school campus, pleaded no contest Jan. 7 to two related charges.

Patton will be sentenced Feb. 24 by First Judicial Cir­cuit Judge John Simon. Pri­or to accepting the plea deal, Simon asked Patton if he understood the potential ramifications.

Patton was found off-cam­pus during school hours by a female Santa Rosa Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office deputy who escorted him back to NHS. Crawford said the officer like­ly saved him from suicidal intentions. However, Craw­ford said the move also com­promised Patton, who had a loaded .22-caliber firearm in his backpack.

Read more  in the Jan. 15 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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