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Bond increased to $600k for man accused of violating order of protection for teen who drowned

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Nov. 7, 2019 12:01 am

QUINCY -- Bond was increased to $600,000 for a Quincy man accused of violating an order of protection for a Quincy teenager who drowned Oct. 27.

Gage L. Patterson, 20, had been out on a $5,000 treatment bond since September when the car 16-year-old Kaylee Mehochko was driving went into a pond at a Sherman golf course. Patterson, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was able to escape to safety.

Patterson faced charges of two counts of armed criminal violence, one count of home invasion and two counts of aggravated domestic battery after he allegedly beat Kaylee on July 25. He also faced one count of aggravated domestic battery from May involving Kaylee.

Josh Jones, lead trial attorney for the Adams County state's ?attorney's office, said that since Patterson was charged with violating an order of protection while in residential drug treatment at the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, his bond should be revoked or increased.

Patterson's attorney, Public Defender Babs Brennan, opposed the bond increase, arguing she had seen reports from the treatment center that Patterson was doing well.

"I don't know how you can do well at treatment when you violate a court order," Jones said.

Judge Robert Adrian restored the original bond of $500,000 in the home invasion case, but increased the bond in a separate aggravated domestic battery case from the original $75,000 to $100,000 bond.

Kaylee's family has said that given Patterson's charges, he never should have been considered for a treatment bond.

Adams County State's Attorney Gary Farha told The Herald-Whig that his office will contest every treatment bond in any case involving violent crime.

Patterson is set to return to court Nov. 27 for a status hearing. He is being held in the Adams County Jail.

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