Keystone Heights, FL

Keystone Heights man arrested on aggravated battery charges, deputies say

Zoey Fields

A Keystone Heights man was arrested Wednesday and faces charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, simple battery and possession of ammo by an out-of-state felon.

According to the arrest report, Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies were sent to a Keystone Heights residence in reference to a person shot, the caller told dispatch.
Keystone Heights man arrested for aggravated battery was former convicted felon in North Carolina, deputies said.Photo byScott RodgersononUnsplash

Upon arrival, deputies found Steven Pentheny, 38, walking in the wooded area behind the residence, the arrest report said. Pentheny matched the description given by the caller and approached deputies with his hands in the air, they said.

Pentheny had a cell phone in his right hand and a set of keys in his left hand, deputies said. During a pat-down search for weapons, they located a small handgun in Pentheny’s waistband and a set of brass knuckles in his front left pant pocket, the arrest report said.

Upon finding the weapons, deputies placed Pentheny in handcuffs and told him he was under arrest for aggravated battery, the arrest report said.

Performing a deeper search, deputies found a zippered bag in Pentheny’s left pant pocket which contained an unused hypodermic needle, a portion of a plastic straw and a metal spoon, they said.

Pentheny asked deputies for a cigarette and they told him that “if he could stay calm, they would see what they could do,” the arrest report said. Pentheny was then placed in the rear of the patrol car and agreed to speak to deputies, they said.

Pentheny’s statements have been removed from the arrest report.

It is noted that a search of Pentheny’s name revealed to deputies that he was a convicted felon in North Carolina, but did not show any active warrants, the arrest report said.

He was transported, first, to Shands Hospital in Gainesville for medical clearance, then to Clay County Jail where he is being held on a $355,008 bond.

The arrest report did not state any information about either Pentheny or the victim (caller) having any gunshot wounds. Pentheny never received a cigarette, according to the arrest report.

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