Friday, June 22, 2018
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Co-defendant sentenced in robbery of woman's father in Weeki Wachee

BROOKSVILLE — The second of two of co-defendants accused of helping a woman rob her father earlier this year was sentenced Monday to 8 1/2 years in prison.

Jason Salvatore Tortora, 37, of Spring Hill pleaded no contest in Hernando Circuit Court to conspiracy to commit robbery with a deadly weapon and being a principal to armed robbery. Judge Daniel B. Merritt Jr. levied the sentence as part of a negotiated plea with prosecutors.

Investigators say Tortora admitted to waiting in a van while Christopher Miser robbed Rene Jimenez as he left his Weeki Wachee home for church on June 30. Miser hit Jimenez, who volunteers as a preacher at the Hernando County Detention Center, on the head with a BB gun, investigators said.

Authorities say Jimenez's daughter, 29-year-old Doeminique Renee Sylvester of Weeki Wachee, admitted to conspiring with Miser and Tortora to rob her father for cash to buy prescription pills. Sylvester was sentenced earlier this year to 4 1/2 years in prison; Miser, 26, was sentenced to 8 1/2 years.

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