Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Teen Pleads Guilty in Grandmother's Slaying; He Faces 23 Years to Life in Prison at Sentencing Next Month

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Teen Pleads Guilty in Grandmother's Slaying; He Faces 23 Years to Life in Prison at Sentencing Next Month

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A Jacksonville teenager who bludgeoned his grandmother to death with a guitar before taking her car, cash and bank card has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and will be sentenced to prison next month.

Christopher Henricks, 16, faces 23 years to life in prison for the October murder of Patricia Ann Barnes, 67, in Arlington, according to court documents.

Police in Louisiana stopped Henricks and his 14-year-old girlfriend in Barnes' Acura the same weekend she was killed.

Henricks' plea came after Circuit Judge Henry Davis ordered the defendant and his public defender to meet privately with him in chambers to discuss defense of the case.

Davis scheduled sentencing Sept. 23.

Paul Pinkham

2 COME TO AID OF DEPUTY

The quick reaction of two passersby is credited with protecting a Putnam County deputy during a harrowing DUI stop in which he was punched and his stun gun wrestled away.

Chad Horvath, a Marine stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky., and Interlachen resident David Squires helped Deputy Angelo Cobb subdue the suspect early Sunday during a confrontation in the parking lot of Wal-Mart on Florida 19, according to a Putnam County Sheriff's Office report.

Cobb had stopped the driver and asked him to perform a series of sobriety tests. But when Cobb told the driver he was under arrest, the driver jerked away and punched Cobb, according to a report. Cobb said he pulled his Taser stun gun but the driver grabbed it and threw it across the parking lot and began striking him again.

Horvath and Squires saw the commotion and helped Cobb place the driver under arrest, according to a report.

Alvin Lee Perkins, 34, was charged with driving under the influence, refusal to submit to a breath test, battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence and depriving an officer of a means of protection. He was being held Monday in the Putnam County jail in lieu of $5,520 bail.

Times-Union

FATALITY INVESTIGATION CONTINUES

St. Augustine police are continuing to investigate a Friday traffic accident that killed a woman.

Kathy Johnston, 50, died after crossing the center median of Ponce de Leon Boulevard near King Street while driving in a Ford Tempo, police spokesman Tom Clements said. …

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