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Amos Patton indicted with Nat'l Guard Armory shooting

(WMC-TV) - A federal grand jury indicted a guardsman on nine counts related to a shooting at the Army National Guard Recruiting Center in Millington last week, which left multiple people injured.

Amos Patton, 42, is charged with four counts of unlawfully attempting to kill Major William J. Crawford, Sergeant Major Ricky McKenzie, Lieutenant Colonel Hunter Belcher, and Sergeant Major CTC while they were in performance of their official duties.

He is also charged with four counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and one count of using and carrying a firearm during, and in relation to, a crime of violence.

One of the three national guardsmen who was shot last week showed up in court to testify in the case against Sgt. First Class Amos Patton.

The testimony was never given, as both matters scheduled to be heard Wednesday were canceled. A grand jury returned a nine-count indictment against Patton, accusing him of trying to kill not three, but four of his coworkers.

He was also expected to argue to be granted bond.

Instead, his public defender waived that hearing while his family tries to finish up arrangements to hire a private attorney, Michael Stingle.

In the meantime, Patton agreed to stay locked up in jail without bond. The judge said Patton may still request bond later if he wishes.

If convicted, Patton could receive up to 20 years in prison for each charge of unlawfully attempting to kill and up to 20 years for each assault charge.

The case is due back in court Wednesday, November 13 at 10 a.m.

To read more about last week's shooting, click here: http://www.wmctv.com/story/23780840/reports-of-possible-active-shooter-at-millington-naval-base

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