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Pasco man found guilty in beating of elderly man

A Pasco man accused of brutally beating and robbing his girlfriend's father was found guilty Friday afternoon.

Pedro Antonio Ortiz, 44, was on trial for home invasion robbery with a weapon, aggravated battery on an elderly person and grand theft auto. A jury deliberated for about two hours.

Ortiz was sentenced to life in prison on the home invasion charge, according to assistant state attorney Jon Maguire, because of Florida's prison release re-offender statute, which states the maximum sentence must be imposed if a criminal re-offends within three years.

Ortiz had previously done time for burglary.

Ortiz snuck into 77-year-old Kenneth Staack's home on Aug. 9, 2011, in Holiday. He beat the man so severely he had to have 91 stitches, then stole his car.

Deputies found the car when they went to notify Staack's daughter of the crime.

They found Ortiz there as well.

Pasco man found guilty in beating of elderly man 10/25/13 [Last modified: Friday, October 25, 2013 9:45pm]
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