Sunday, February 18, 2018
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Hernando woman, accomplice sentenced for robbing her father

BROOKSVILLE — Rene Jimenez is a forgiving man, but he wanted his daughter to go to prison for plotting to rob him for drug money.

On Friday, Jimenez got his wish.

Doeminique Renee Sylvester, 28, of Weeki Wachee was sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to commit robbery.

Her boyfriend, Christopher Jay Miser, 26, of Brooksville pleaded guilty to conspiracy, attempted robbery with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery. Circuit Judge Daniel B. Merritt Jr. sentenced him to 8 ½ years.

The sentences came as part of a negotiated plea approved by Jimenez, said Assistant State Attorney Matt Pila.

Authorities say Sylvester hatched the plan to rob her father as he left his Weeki Wachee home for church on June 30. Miser, wearing dark clothes and a bandana over his face, hit Jimenez over the head from behind with a BB gun and then hit him twice more when he was on his knees.

Jimenez, who owns a pest control company, suffered a broken finger, cuts on his head and stitches on one ear.

A friend of the couple, 37-year-old Jason Salvatore Tortora of Spring Hill, was waiting in a car down the road, prosecutors say. Pila has offered Tortora 7 ½ years in prison, but that number will go up the longer Tortora waits. He faces a maximum sentence of 30 years if convicted at trial.

The trio admitted they wanted money to buy prescription pills, and all three expressed remorse, Pila said.

On Friday, Jimenez said he forgives his daughter but called the sentence well deserved.

"I have some leftover injuries that still bother me at night," he said.

Jimenez has another reason to be glad the case is nearing an end. He has preached to male inmates at the Hernando County Detention Center for the past seven years, but the volunteer position has been suspended until his daughter and her co-defendants leave the jail.

"What's most important," he said, "is my preaching."

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