NEW PORT RICHEY — Vanessa Musson was convicted and sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for her involvement in an assault and robbery in Moon Lake.
In 2012, a retired Moon Lake man with multiple sclerosis named Joseph Bruno met a woman named Bobbie Jo Curtis on Singlesnet.com. She told Bruno she needed a place to stay, and he agreed to let Curtis and her son spend a few days at his three-bedroom house on Midvale Avenue. He asked them to leave a few days later, but they tied him up and assaulted him. Curtis picked up Musson, her friend, who aided with the robbery and also assaulted a neighbor who came by to help. Bruno, now 45, ended up in the hospital with a breathing tube, multiple stitches and little memory of the attack.
A jury deliberated for about three hours and returned guilty verdicts on all the charges. Because Musson, 27, is a habitual re-offender and has a lengthy record, state guidelines mandated a life sentence.
Bobbie Jo Curtis and her son Bryan Curtis both pleaded guilty to the charges and will be sentenced at a later date.