Several victims testified during the one-day trial, including a minor who testified that Patterson pointed the gun at him while escaping from the last robbery. Patterson was handed the heavy penalty by Carroll because of an extensive criminal background and the severity and volume of the robberies. Anderson police believe he might also be responsible for other unsolved armed robberies around the city.
"I think it's a victory for the residents of Madison County," said deputy prosecutor Stephanie Wade, who tried the case against Patterson. "It wasn't just the severity of the crimes, he put a lot of people at risk by leading police on that chase."
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