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Gainesville man pleads guilty in $12 robbery case
Patrick L  Price
Patrick Leeman Price

The most serious violent felonies were dropped against a Gainesville man after he pleaded guilty to robbery Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court.

Patrick Leeman Price, 51, had previously faced 16 counts, including 13 felonies, stemming from a Dec. 14, 2012, incident.

He was indicted in February on 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.

After pleading not guilty to all of the charges, Price had been set to stand trial before a Hall County jury on April 21.

Price was accused of taking $12 from Danny Brown of Gainesville at knifepoint on Summit Street.

According to the indictment, as an officer tried to arrest Price, he was “clutching (the) knife and screaming.” 

Gainesville police officers said Price had complied with an order to drop the knife, according to his attorney, Senior Public Defender Travis Williams.

Price was released from jail for time served as part of the plea deal, Williams said. Price pleaded guilty to all of the other charges. The aggravated assault charges were dropped and the robbery charge was downgraded. Armed robbery carries a mandatory minimum 10-year sentence.

Price had been held in the Hall County Jail since his arrest on the day of the incident.