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Morristown man sentenced to 25 years for death of elderly man

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A man who was a teenager when he took part in the murder of an elderly man will spend the next 25 years of his life in prison.

Gevon Patton, who is now 20, was found guilty last week of especially aggravated kidnapping and criminally negligent homicide.  He was sentenced to 25 years on the kidnapping charge and 2  years on the homicide charge, with the sentences to run concurrently.

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A Morristown jury has convicted a man in the kidnapping and killing of a 94-year-old man.

On Wednesday, Gevon "G" Patton, 20, was found guilty of especially aggravated kidnapping and criminally negligent homicide.  He was facing first-degree murder charges.

Patton will be sentenced on March 27.
 
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The final person who was charged in the kidnapping and murder of an elderly Hamblen County man is now on trial.

Gevon Patton was 16 when prosecutors say he took part in the death of Willie Morgan, 94, in 2008.   A medical examination determined Morgan died of asphyxiation and dehydration in January 2008 after being pistol whipped and tied to a chair.  His hand was also severed.  Police say Morgan was being held for ransom after drug dealers accused a young man who lived with him of stealing from them.

Patton is charged with first degree murder and especially aggravated kidnapping.  He was charged as an adult.

A jury was selected for Patton's trial on Monday, and the prosecution presented its case on Tuesday and Wednesday. The defense is now presenting their witnesses.

The other six people charged in the have all pleaded guilty or been convicted in the crime.

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