A Panama City Beach man takes the stand in hopes of convincing jurors he's not guilty. But as we found out on Thursday, his testimony wasn't enough.
Patrick Michael Bass was found guilty of a felon in possession of a firearm and it was his testimony that may have helped jurors reach their verdict.
The following is an excerpt of his testimony, that starts with the dispute at a Panama City Beach duplex.
"30-45 seconds pass and I told Tommy, look man, let's just get out of here. This guy is going to come out with a pistol or something. Let's just get out of here. He said, nah I want to settle this tonight." Bass says.
"He (Petracca) swing that sword, two or three times at Stevie chasing him across that road. I thought he was going to chop his head off. I made a split second decision as to whether I should turn my back and run and whether I'd have a chance to make it away from him or bend down and pick up the weapon that Tommy had dropped." Bass says
"So what did you do?" Attorney Russell Wilson asks.
Bass answers, "I bent down and picked up the gun."
"At that point did you ask Mr. Petracca to cease and desist or stop?" Wilson asks.
"He was coming at me with a smirk on his face and I told him, man I don't want any problems, just put the sword down." Bass answers.
"What was his reaction?" Wilson asks.
"He laughed at me and he kept advancing and I told him, look man I'm not playing, just stop. I don't want any trouble man. He kept coming at me so I fired three shots in the ground. It enraged him more I think, and he laughed at me and said you ain't got the b*** and he lunged at me with the sword." Bass says.
Wilson asks, "And once he lunged at you with the sword, what did you do?"
"I closed my eyes and raised the gun and fired one shot. " Bass replied.
According to the medical examiner Anthony Petracca died from that gun shot wound.
During Bass' testimony he admits to leaving the scene with the gun he shot Petrecca with, and if jurors overlooked all the inconsistencies among testimonies, one thing remained the same; Bass left the scene with a firearm.
It is unknown if Bass will head to trial for manslaughter, the defense and the state may reach a plea. Judge Michael Overstreet has scheduled for Bass to be sentenced on September fourth.
A jury found Patrick Michael Bass guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm Thursday afternoon.
The jury deliberated approximately a half hour before finding him guilty of the charge.
Bass is also set to face charges of manslaughter in the shooting death of Anthony Petracca in 2011.
News 13 will have more on this story later this afternoon.
Previous story: 30 seconds of chaos resulted in the shooting death of a Panama City Beach man. More than a year later, we're beginning to get an idea of how the events unfolded.
Opening arguments made in the Patrick Michael Bass trial set the stage for what's to come. "It's going to come down to 30 seconds of chaos and do I believe beyond a reasonable doubt that witnesses are telling the truth." Defense Attorney Russell Wilson says.
The state says that in a matter of minutes Anthony Petracca was confronted at his doorstep and shot. It was after an argument that Bass shot the victim.
Thomas Anderson was among the men involved and is currently incarcerated for charges against him. Anderson recalls a conversation with Bass concerning the incident. "He (Bass) asked me if I thought he killed him (Petracca). I said I don't know."
At the scene, investigators found gun shells from a semi-automatic gun. Testimonies suggest Bass fired the shots in self-defense after Petracca charged him with a weapon.
With inconsistent testimonies, it's unknown who actually owned the gun, but a taped conversation with Bass worked into the state's favor.