Bay County Jury Convicts One Charge, Awaits Other

A Bay County jury convicted Patrick Michael Bass of being a felon in possession of the firearm that killed a Panama City Beach man last year.

Bass, 31, of 16808 Castile Ave., No. 2, faces up to 15 years in prison when Circuit Judge Michael Overstreet sentences him Sept. 4.
Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford took Bass to a two-day trial this week and showed jurors that Bass was one of five men, including Tommy Anderson, who went to Anthony Petracca’s house the morning of May 28, 2011, to confront Petracca, 43, about comments he’d
made during an argument with Anderson’s girlfriend.

The group arrived at Petracca’s 6115 Orange Plaza home around 3:30 a.m. and asked Petracca to step outside. Petracca came out with an 18-inch “sword” in a tube and began waving it at the men. Bass shot Petracca after first firing at least one warning shot into the ground. The bullet traversed Petracca’s chest, perforating his lungs and heart, and killed him.

Bass, who admitted on the stand Thursday that he shot Bass, faces an additional manslaughter charge that will be resolved later.


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