National Guard recruiter sentenced to 50 years in shooting that wounded 3 at Tennessee armory

A Tennessee National Guard recruiter convicted of wounding three people inside an armory has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Amos Patton was sentenced on Thursday.

He was convicted in February of nine charges, including four counts of assault with a firearm with intent to commit murder.

Authorities said Patton was angry after learning he was being removed from his job because a female soldier had accused him of sexual assault. He pulled a gun from a fanny pack and began shooting inside the Millington armory on Oct. 24, 2013.

The Commercial Appeal ( ) quoted Judge John T. Fowlkes Jr. as saying the crime was serious even though no one was killed.

Addressing the court, Patton said he prays for the victims and their families and asks for forgiveness.


Information from: The Commercial Appeal,