|Man pleads guilty to 5 felonies|
|Written by BILL RYAN | Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Tuesday, 26 February 2013 13:14|
A Bowling Green man entered into a plea agreement on five felony charges in three separate cases on Monday before Judge Reeve Kelsey.
Jesse D. Patterson, 24, of Bowling Green, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of theft in one case, tampering with evidence, escape and possession of drugs in a second case, and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in a third case.
Heather Baker, an assistant Wood County prosecuting attorney, said the state would be recommending two years in prison for Patterson, who is currently in custody in the Wood County jail.
Baker outlined the basis for the charges for the judge before Kelsey accepted the pleas.
In the first case, Patterson was stopped by the Bowling Green Police on Feb. 18, 2012, in a city parking lot when he dropped a bag of cocaine and drug and dragged his foot across the bag in an attempt to destroy the evidence as he was attempting to run from the police.
After being placed in handcuffs, Baker said, "He attempted to take off on foot when handcuffed" which was the basis for the escape charge. He was subsequently found to have had another "baggie" of a substance which tested positive for cocaine in his front pocket.
While released from that case on July 6, 2012, he took a woman's purse with contents valued at more than $1,000, which generated the theft charge, a fifth-degree offense, which was amended from the original second-degree felony charge of robbery.
In the third case, he pleaded guilty to having sexual conduct with a minor between September and November 2008, with a female who was 15 at the time. According to Baker, they conceived a child of whom Patterson has been confirmed to be the father through a paternity test.
He will be required to register as a Tier II sexual offender on the latter crime.
Though Baker is only asking for two years, Patterson could be sentenced for up to more than nine years, three years each on both the escape and tampering charges, and one year each on the theft and drug counts. He also could be sentenced to an additional 18 months in prison for the sexual offense.
Kelsey ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for April 15 at 9:30 a.m.
|Last Updated on Friday, 01 March 2013 12:36|
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