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Pasco man gets life sentence for murder in 7-Eleven robbery

NEW PORT RICHEY — Adam Moyer was 18 days shy of his 18th birthday when he robbed a convenience store and stepped over the body of a man killed in the process.

Because he was a juvenile, and even though a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder, he will get a shot at parole in 25 years. On Friday, Circuit Judge Mary Handsel sentenced Moyer, now 20, to life in prison for the killing of Danny Foster, 61, a 7-Eleven clerk who was a month from retirement.

Moyer and co-defendant Russel Lane robbed a 7-Eleven store at 9039 Ridge Road on Jan. 10, 2012, around 1:30 a.m.

In a video shown in court, the two men barged into the store, both wearing hoodies. Moyer's face was covered. He went behind the counter and demanded money, netting $33.

Lane pushed Foster, whose head hit the concrete. He later died from his injuries. Lane pleaded guilty to the charges during his trial in February.

"You didn't blink. You didn't flinch," Handsel told Moyer during the sentencing. "You didn't even question what (Lane) did. You stepped right over a body and off you went with your cigarettes and your money."

Court testimony revealed Moyer had just been released from a high-security juvenile detention center before the robbery, and he was supposed to be on home detention.

In Florida, a defendant convicted of first-degree murder has two sentencing options — the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility for parole. However, a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court case struck down mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole for juveniles.

Before Moyer walked out of the courtroom, he pointed at Pasco sheriff's Detective Michael Rosa — the one who worked the case — and spoke.

"I'm going to get you," he said. "In 25 years I'm going to get out and I'm going to get you for your lies."

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