Cold Case Killing Ends with Manslaughter Plea


A cold case murder investigation in Panama City has been resolved.

Joseph T. Duhon pleaded no contest to a charge of manslaughter and brought to an end a 6 year long investigation from 2007.

Circuit Judge Elijah Smiley followed the terms of the agreement and sentenced Duhon, 27, to 122.7 months in prison.

Duhon shot to death Adam Bolton, 20, on Jan. 2, 2007. Bolton’s mother, Angela Small, told Judge Smiley that Duhon was the first friend that Bolton made when they moved to the area. “My son was executed one month before his 21st birthday by his friend Joseph Duhon,” Small said.

She said for years she endured the chance encounters with Duhon as officers continued to work the case. “He would be smiling at me with that smug grin, knowing he killed my son.”

Duhon was arrested last year after Panama City Police presented their evidence to the State Attorney’s Office and charges were filed.
“Sgt. Becker and the Panama City Police Department conducted an exhaustive investigation into the murder of Adam Bolton,” Assistant State Attorney Bob Sombathy said after court.

“The age of the case presented some challenges, but this Manslaughter plea forces Joseph Duhon to accept responsibility for the death of Adam Bolton, and hopefully bring some closure for his family.”

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