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A Nintendo Switch could land a 17-year-old 30 years in prison

Brendan Depa pleaded no contest
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On Oct. 30, a Florida teen pleaded no contest to a charge of aggravated battery. He faces a possible maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

In February 2023, Brendan Depa, who was then 17-years-old, was arrested and charged with felony aggravated battery with bodily harm for kicking and punching Joan Naydich, a Matanzas School High School paraprofessional. The assault was captured on the school’s surveillance camera.

The video shows the teen rushing toward Naydich and pushing her several feet, and throwing her to the floor, after which she appears unconscious. He then kicks and punches the woman around 15 times in the back and head before being pulled off of her by several adults.

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said that Depa stated he was upset because Naydich took his Nintendo Switch away from him during class. Naydich’s GoFundMe message tells a different story, saying that she “never took or even mentioned the Nintendo Switch being taken away from the student.”

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