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Man gets 110 years for murder of grandparents

NEWPORT—Nicholaus David Patterson, 26, of Pocahontas, appeared before Third Judicial Circuit Judge Harold Erwin Monday in the Jackson County Courthouse, where he pled guilty to two counts of Murder in the First Degree and received a sentence of 110 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction.

Henry Boyce, Third Judicial District prosecuting attorney, said in a press release following the sentencing that Patterson would begin serving his sentence immediately and will not be eligible for parole until he has served 77 years of his sentence—making him 103 years old before he’s eligible.

Patterson was charged in the double homicide murder of his grandparents, Ricky and Rita Bozwell, last summer. Upon his arrest on July 14, 2018, he confessed to the murders, which were found to have occurred in their home in Pocahontas on Tuesday, July

10. Patterson lived with the Bozwells, both 66, and later admitted to agents that he first shot and killed Mr. Bozwell before shooting and then stabbing Mrs. Bozwell several times with a knife. He noted his motive at the time was to take their car. Investigators also determined that Patterson stole their credit cards.



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