|BG man sentenced to 2 1/2 years for escape, theft, tampering with evidence|
|Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Tuesday, 18 June 2013 10:11|
Jesse Patterson was not a happy man in court on Monday.
In February Patterson, 26, of Bowling Green, pleaded guilty to five different charges with an agreement of two years in prison. As with all such agreements, the judge is not obligated to accept that agreement, but in most cases, the judges don't vary far from an agreement.
Because of new charges, Heather Baker, an assistant Wood County prosecuting attorney, asked Wood County Common Pleas Court Judge Reeve Kelsey to order Patterson to spend seven years in prison.
Her claim was that based upon new information, the prosecution was allowed to modify their recommendation.
Baker cited his lack of cooperation and his past criminal history.
Patterson said, "I'm in shock right now. I would have taken this to trial if I thought I could get seven years."
Kelsey ordered 30 months for Patterson.
His plea agreement involved charges of tampering with evidence, a felony of the third degree; escape, also a third-degree offense; and possession of drugs, a fifth-degree offense. In a separate case he pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree felony theft charge; and in a third case he pleaded guilty to unlawful conduct with a minor, a fourth-degree felony. The latter charge involved sexual conduct with a female in late 2008, when she was 14.
At the time of his acceptance of those pleas, he had not yet been indicted.
He also was charged with one count of retaliation and one count of attempted perjury.
A jury trial on those charges was set for Nov 14.
Those offenses are alleged to have occurred while he was in custody earlier this year.
Due to the unlawful sexual conduct charge, Patterson will be required to register as a Tier II sexual offender for 25 years. For that charge he was also sentenced to five years of community control sanctions including seeking an assessment and possible treatment as a sexual offender.
The judge reserved 18 months additional time in prison for violations of those sanctions.
The 30-month sentence was ordered on the tampering with evidence and escape charges. The judge also ordered 12 months on the theft charge and 12 months for possession of drugs. All four of those prison sentences were ordered to be served concurrently for the aggregate total of two and one-half years.
Patterson was given credit for time served and will be required to be placed on three years of post-release control sanctions once released from prison.
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