FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Admitted teenage murderer Broderick Patterson is headed to prison for life.
Friday morning a Tarrant County jury sentenced Patterson, who’s 18, to life in prison for killing Eric Forrester during a botched home burglary.
Patterson pleaded guilty to the murder, which he committed two years ago when he was 16.
After the verdict was read, Patterson spat expletives at the jury from across the courtroom. As bailiffs removed him from the room, he said, “All y’all jury, f*** y’all… The state — f*** you too!” After the bailiffs had removed him and closed the door, Patterson shouted to the courtroom once again, his voice still audible. “Y’all can still hear me. F*** all y’all.”
We have posted the raw video of Patterson’s outburst here, including the profanity. WARNING: The language in this clip may offend some people.
Patterson will be eligible for parole in 30 years.
The drama continued out of the courtroom when his family rushed out. As photographers tried to get video, Patterson’s family members yelled at them to get away. One family member shoved a photographer from KDFW-TV.
Patterson’s aunt Sherry Pulte told reporters she blamed the juvenile justice system for what happened to her nephew, who was on probation for another incident when the murder took place.
“Broderick should have been placed in a boot camp facility. There should not have been time, after time, after time for him to continually get into trouble,” she said. “There is no help for our youth out there but it takes something like this tragic to happen before anyone pays attention.”
The family was eventually escorted out of the court house by bailiffs.
Meanwhile, jurors expressed to prosecutors concerns that members of Patterson’s family might retaliate after the the verdict was read.
“Some of them wanted to make sure that they had security with them or that they rode the jury can and they did not want to walk by themselves out to their cars,” said Prosecutor Christy Jack.
In April 2010, Forrester and his sister, Kali, went to their Fort Worth home to eat lunch when they encountered Patterson and his co-defendant, Clifton Elliot, burglarizing their home.
Kali Forrester testified she ran to a neighbor’s home to call 911. By the time she came back to check on her brother, he had been shot once in the head.
Patterson pleaded guilty to murder but opted to have a jury assess his punishment.
Both Patterson and Elliot were 16 at the time of murder but were certified to be tried as adults. Because of their ages when the incident took place, they were not eligible for the death penalty.
Clifton Elliot is charged with Capital Murder but a trial date has not been set.
Prosecutors say they’ll be ready for trial when Elliot’s trial date is set.
Patterson’s rant only served to cement the jury’s decision to give him a life sentence, said Jack.
“I am grateful that the jury got to see the real Broderick Patterson. I think he demonstrated exactly who we believed and who the evidence showed he was,” Jack said.
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