We haven’t heard much from the 27-year-old man who was charged with aggravated battery and assault for beating NFL star Adrian Peterson’s son to death.
But the father of suspect Joseph Patterson is saying that his son is feeling victimized after receiving death threats and even “pissed” that he’s in jail for the crime.
“He’s moving into a pissed-off stage now. He’s getting bitter,” Grant Patterson told The New York Daily News. ”There’s a double tragedy in this case. My son’s heart bleeds for the child. I pray there is no rush to judgment. There are death threats against my son.”
This isn’t the first time Patterson has claimed, arrogantly, that he is a victim after assaulting an individual.
The mother of his high school girlfriend, Noell Uhlir, had to file a restraining order against him in 2004 in order to protect her daughter, Carlie Rae, who was dating Patterson at the time.
“I believe that Joey is mentally unstable, and it is only a matter of time before he harms himself, my daughter or anyone that may step in,” she wrote. “Joey needs professional help.”
At one point, Uhlir had to present disturbing letters from Patterson to her daughter to support her motion that he was unstable and delusional.
“I don’t know any other way to make myself stop feeling this way except killing myself,” he wrote, “All I think about is you.”
That abuse continued for at least another decade. Patterson was sentenced to a year in jail for violating no contact orders for Carlie Rae and another girlfriend, although that sentence was suspended on the condition he attend domestic violence counseling.
This time, however, Patterson, who remains in jail, will most likely stay there as he faces additional charges because the child was taken off of life support.
We’ll keep you updated on the latest in this case.