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Hudson bank robbery sends man to prison

NEW PORT RICHEY — It took 15 minutes for a jury to decide Tito Morell's fate.

"I think it's one of the quickest verdicts I've ever had," Assistant State Attorney Eva Vergos said on Thursday, "and I've done over 100 trials."

The jury found Morell, 37, guilty on Wednesday of armed robbery.

Wearing a black ski mask and a dark green jacket, and with a black semiautomatic pistol in his hand, he robbed a Wachovia bank on U.S. 19 in Hudson about 2:45 p.m. on March 16, 2010.

He led deputies on a chase up U.S. 41 before his arrest.

Morell was convicted earlier of another bank robbery in Hillsborough County and sentenced to 40 years in prison.

With the latest conviction, he faces a life sentence.

Hudson bank robbery sends man to prison 06/13/13 [Last modified: Thursday, June 13, 2013 8:33pm]
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