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Badge and Bar: Gainesville man to stand trial on robbery, assault charges
Patrick L  Price
Patrick Leeman Price

A Gainesville man is set to stand trial before a Hall County jury April 21 after being indicted on charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault and felony obstruction in February 2013.

Patrick Leeman Price, 51, had previously been ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial. He is accused of taking at knife point $12 from Danny Brown of Gainesville and violently resisting arrest on Dec. 14, 2012, outside Brown’s Summit Street residence, according to the Gainesville police.

Price faces 16 counts including 13 felonies; one count of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, six counts of possession of a knife during the commission of a felony, two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, two counts of obstruction on an officer, and misdemeanor counts of obstruction, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.

In one of the aggravated assaults charged in the indictment, Price held the knife “in an offensive matter,” and told the victim “he would kill him if he did not give him the money.”

When an officer tried to arrest Price, he was “clutching (the) knife and screaming,” according to another assault count.

Price is represented by Senior Public Defender Travis Williams.

2 teens indicted year after school BB gun incident

Two former Johnson High School seniors were indicted by a Hall County grand jury on charges of possession of a weapon on school property.

The charges stem from an accidental BB gun shooting in the school’s media center. The student who was shot was OK.

The two defendants, Edwin Huizar, 18, and Jessie Reyes, 18, were graduating seniors when they were charged with the felony offense. Huizar also was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Huizar was showing Reyes the gun he had brought to school, according to Hall County school system and sheriff’s officials.

The gun accidentally discharged, and a BB struck a student sitting at a nearby table, school spokesman Gordon Higgins said.

The two students were immediately suspended and booked into the Hall County Jail, with Huizar held on $11,000 bond and Reyes on $10,000 bond, according to the sheriff’s office.

According to state law, possessing a gun on school property without a license is a felony; with a license it is a misdemeanor. The law states a conviction can be punished by a fine of not more than $10,000, by imprisonment for not less than two nor more than 10 years, or both, which can be served in prison, probation or a combination of both.

Court records show Huizar applied for a court-appointed attorney on Wednesday, and that Reyes has retained a private attorney.

An arraignment date to enter a plea in Superior Court has been set for April 15.

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