YAKIMA, Wash. — Prosecutors have filed a second-degree assault charge against a Yakima man accused of beating a Selah man, leaving him in a coma last weekend.
Patrick Paul Elledge, 31, is scheduled for arraignment Sept. 15 in the case, which could put him away for life as a persistent offender under Washington’s three-strikes law.
The case involves 50-year-old Selah resident Phillip Kennedy, who was found nearly beaten to death in his home on South Fifth Street last Sunday. He remained in a coma Friday.
Police say Kennedy’s girlfriend told them Elledge forced her to let him into the couple’s home Friday night, Aug. 27, and told her not to come back for 24 hours.
The motive for the attack appears to be a property dispute, police said. However, the case remains under investigation.
Known as “Sir Patrick, the Irish Juggalo,” Elledge has a lengthy criminal record that includes prison time for the robbery of a Yakima convenience store in 2005.
At that time, authorities said Elledge’s plea in the convenience store robbery counted as strike two under the state’s three-strikes-you’re-out law.
Juggalos are male fans of the rap group Insane Clown Posse. Female fans are known as Juggalettes.