By Andrew Scot Bolsinger
An Ohio man pled guilty for his part in the beating death of 16-year-old Dione Payne and received an 11-year sentence.
Adam Patrick, 30, is the second to accept a plea deal in the case that once had them facing life without parole. Now concern has been raised that the white defendants are getting lenient sentences despite the grizzly beating of a black teen.
“The Dayton, Ohio area youth was ultimately ignored by media, only to have his name dragged through the mud by local media after alternative media forced the issue to the forefront on social networking sites,” the website countercurrentnews.com wrote. “Apparently the judge only thinks that the life of 16-year-old, African American, Dione Payne is only worth 11 years.”
On Dec. 1, Michael Geldrich, 36, and Michael Watson, 39, robbed, beat, and murdered Payne, while in contact with Adam Patrick, 30, who was not at the crime scene.
Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said that Geldrick and Watson beat Payne with a table leg while he slept on a couch in Geldrich’s residence on Vernon Street.
Patrick had also been staying at the residence when Geldrich decide to rob Payne by putting a pillow case over his head, wrapping his limbs in Duct tape and finally stealing money and drugs from Payne.
They strip searched him looking for drugs that led to rape charges, which were later dropped in the plea deals. Then they dropped him at a hospital.
Patrick reportedly loaned Geldrich his truck for the crimes. While he was not there throughout all of the events that transpired, he was in nearly constant contact via cell phone, according to published reports.
Surveillance video from Atrium Medical Center positively identified Patrick’s truck, leading Franklin police to arrest Patrick, Geldrich and Watson.
Patrick is the second of the three men to admit guilt in the Warren County Common Pleas Court.
Back in May, Michael Geldrich, 36, pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, as well, in addition to aggravated robbery, kidnapping and tampering with evidence. Gerldrich agreed to serve 22 years to life in prison and will testify against two other suspects in the case, prosecutors said.
A charge of rape and a second count of kidnapping will be dismissed if Geldrich testifies against co-defendants Michael Watson and Adam Patrick, Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said.
Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.comand can be followed @CriminalUniv on Twitter.