A 17-year-old boy who violently beat his teacher after she confiscated his Nintendo Switch at a Florida high school now faces up to 30 years behind bars after pleading guilty Monday.
“No contest,” 17-year-old Brendan Depa reportedly said in court Monday, Flagler Live reported, as reported by the “New York Post.”
According to US media, the 6ft 6in teenager pleaded guilty on Monday to throwing his Matanzas high school teacher to the ground before kicking and punching him for confiscating his your Nintendo Switch.
A surveillance camera captured the violent scene that unfolded at the school, showing several witnesses at the scene allegedly trying to stop the teenager as he continued his attack on the unconscious woman on the ground.
If defense attorneys had argued that the young man, who is said to be autistic, was unfit to stand trial because of his mental state, Judge Terrence Perkins would have dismissed the argument, the “NY Post” reported.
For their part, neither the prosecutors nor the victim Joan Naydich have indicated that they want to show leniency to the 17-year-old boy, who could face up to 30 years in prison for his guilty plea.
Brendan Depa, who was allegedly involved in a fight in September and allegedly made threats against his educator after his arrest, is expected to learn his fate in January, according to information from Flagler Live.