A Hancock County man will spend the rest of his life in prison for the October 2009 shooting death of 22-year old Nicholas Patterson.
Jeremy Yarborough Rando, 20, pled guilty to murder Friday in Hancock County Circuit Court. The victim's body was found in a car on Third Marsh Road in the Clermont Harbor Community.
Rando, who was 18 at the time of the murder, said he and Patterson had planned to trade a gun for a bag of marijuana. He told authorities that the gun went off as he was showing it to Patterson.
Rando said he then panicked and shot Patterson two more times in the head to put him out of his misery. He then drove the body to Third Marsh Road, and left it there.
Prosecutors said Rando called the victim 40 times the day of his death.
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