Florida teen who beat teacher unconscious over Nintendo Switch pleads guilty
The hulking Florida teen who beat a female teacher unconscious after his Nintendo Switch video game was confiscated at school pleaded guilty to the shocking crime Monday and faces up to 30 years behind bars.
Brendan Depa, then 17, violently threw Matanzas High School paraprofessional Joan Naydich to the ground before kicking and punching her in the back and head more than a dozen times.
Surveillance footage of the disturbing February attack — which occurred inside the school — quickly went viral.
Appearing in court Monday, Depa, who is reportedly autistic, copped to the crime and will now have his sentence determined by Judge Terrence Perkins at a January hearing.
“No contest,” Depa, who stands 6-foot-6, said after Perkins asked him how he pleaded to the felony charge against him, according to Flagler Live.
Perkins will have wide berth in handling the high profile case, with a minimum sentence of probation and maximum term of 30 years available to him.
Slated for January, the proceeding will include witness testimony for both the prosecution and defense.