Patton Takes Last-Minute Plea Bargain In Washington County Murder Trial
Posted: April 2, 2014 at 5 a.m.
James Patton, the last of four people who beat Ronnie Lee Bradley to death, changed his mind and took a plea bargain Tuesday after five jurors were seated at his trial.
An agreement between a defendant and prosecutors where defendants agree to plead guilty to some or all of the charges against them in exchange for concessions from the prosecutors. These agreements allow prosecutors to focus their time and resources on other cases, and reduce the number of trials that judges need to oversee. In plea bargains, prosecutors usually agree to reduce defendants’ punishment. They often accomplish this by reducing the number or severity of the charges against defendants.
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