12 years in prison for teen involved in deadly Utica robbery

By JOLEEN FERRIS

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Utica teen was sentenced Thursday morning for his role in the fatal armed robbery that left a 66-year-old man dead.

Trevon Patterson pleaded guilty to attempted robbery back in October. George Garrow was shot to death in his Dudley Avenue apartment on Thanksgiving Eve, 2009. Patterson's half-brother, Robert Thompson, was sentenced on Monday for his role in the crime. Thompson is the person who actually shot Garrow.

Patterson's attorney at his sentencing today said that his client helped bring the case to a conclusion by agreeing to testify against his half-brother. But prosecutors say it wasn't he, but the drug-addicted getaway driver, who brought the case to a close. And that Patterson wasn't totally innocent.

"She's the one, she's the catalyst that broke this case, not this defendant. Ultimately this defendant did cooperate but only under the pressures of facing a trial for murder.....and he was there more than just to be a lookout; he was part of the muscle that was going to complete this robbery," says prosecutor Kurt Hameline.

Patterson's half-brother, Robert Thompson, shocked courtroom observers at his sentencing in Oneida County Court on Monday when he said he had no remorse for taking a human life. Thursday at his sentencing, Trevon Patterson responded, "No, your honor," when the judge asked if he had anything to say.

When Judge Michael Dwyer asked Patterson if he learned anything, Patterson replied, "Most Likely." Trevon Patterson will spend the next 12 years in prison for his role in the fatal robbery of George Garrow.

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