Prosecutors want 27-year-old Joseph Patterson to serve almost a year in jail arguing that his recent arrest violates the terms of a previous domestic assault conviction.
Patterson is charged in the beating death of the two-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson who was hospitalized with critical injuries Wednesday. The toddler, who is known as Ty, died Friday from the severe head injuries he suffered.
Lincoln County Deputy State’s Attorney Ryan Wiese has filed court paperwork saying the recent arrest violates Patterson’s previous 355 day suspended jail sentence, and Wiese is asking a judge to send Patterson to jail.
Court documents say Patterson was sentenced to the suspended jail term for misdemeanor domestic assault against a different woman on October 31, 2012. Patterson was arrested on the assault charge in June and just days after the arrest his now ex-girlfriend, and the mother of Patterson’s own two-year-old son, filed a protection order saying that Patterson threatened to ‘kill me multiple times.’
Patterson’s ex-girlfriend also wrote in the protection order that was filed on June 12, 2012 that Patterson spanked her three year old so hard after Patterson learned he was being ‘naughty’ at church that the child needed ice for his injuries.
The woman also wrote that Patterson needed counseling for ‘anger issues.’
A hearing is scheduled for October 30th when a judge will decide if Patterson’s new case violates the sentence and whether he should be sent to jail for the entire 355 day term.