Monday, December 18, 2017
News Roundup

Pasco man gets 30 years for armed robbery

NEW PORT RICHEY — A Pasco County man was sentenced to 30 years in prison this week after a jury found him guilty of robbery with a deadly weapon.

Joshua Patrick Moore, 21, was accused of beating a man and stealing $400 from him on the afternoon of Dec. 19, 2011, along with Larry Hardy, 25, Thomas Herwander, 37, and Manuel Aguirre, 21.

The crime happened in woods near Indiana Avenue and Polk Street after the victim, James August, was led to the secluded area. He was beaten with a large object, fists and feet.

A neighbor saw the beating and called police.

All of the other suspects in the case have gone to trial and are serving various sentences.

Although the victim in the case could not identify Moore, Aguirre testified against him, and Moore bragged to a woman about the crime, according to prosecutor Chris Sprowls.

"If you run with the pack, you share in the kill," Sprowls said in court. "They all agreed to do it. They are all to blame."

Moore was sentenced under Florida's re-offender statute, which dictates minimum mandatory sentences for repeat offenders.

Moore has previously done time for robbery, Sprowls said.

Moore also faces pending attempted murder charges because he is accused of choking a deputy in jail in August.

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