Posted 28 days ago
The Florida high school student accused of violently attacking a teacher's aide for taking his Nintendo Switch pleaded no contest in court Monday, according to online records.
Brendan Depa, now 18 and being charged as an adult, faces a first-degree felony aggravated battery on an elected official or education employee charge that could be punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
Depa was 17 on Feb. 21 when he allegedly attacked a teacher's aide at Matanzas High School in Palm Coast, in an incident that was caught on video and went viral earlier this year.
According to WESH-TV, the teenager is considered a special needs student. Depa's lawyer, Kurt Teifke, told the Daytona Beach-News Journal that his client is autistic and "doing well," while still being held in the Flagler County Jail on $1 million bond.
The teacher's aide, Joan Naydich, was granted a permanent injunction for protection against repeat violence against Depa in March. In the petition for the injunction, Naydich said she suffered two broken ribs and multiple bruises as a result of the incident.
Circuit Judge Terence Perkins set Depa's sentencing hearing for Jan. 31, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.... (Read more)