Thursday, April 19, 2018
News Roundup

Spring Hill man gets 54 months in robberies

BROOKSVILLE — A Spring Hill man was sentenced to 54 months in prison Thursday for his role in two January robberies that resulted in a police chase through a suburban neighborhood.

Osvaldo Rojas, 25, pleaded no contest to two charges related to the robberies and Circuit Judge Stephen Rushing sentenced him to two 54-month prison terms, to be served concurrently.

Rojas and two other men were accused of robbing a Spring Hill Hampton Inn, 1344 Commercial Way, and a home in Spring Hill; both crimes occurred Jan. 17.

They were accused of assaulting a hotel clerk and stealing a safe, which contained $125. A few hours later, the men allegedly pistol-whipped a 22-year-old man at his home and took $600.

Deputies arrested one suspect, Leo Johnson III, then saw Rojas and Michael Cardona fleeing.

Deputies searched for several hours but did not locate the suspects.

Authorities caught Cardona four days later, and Rojas surrendered at his house one week after the robberies.

Rojas was charged with being a principal to strong-armed robbery and a principal to home-invasion robbery.

He pleaded no contest to the first charge and to a second, lesser charge of robbery.

Johnson has a pretrial hearing June 13, and Cardona has his July 10.

Michael Sanserino can be reached at [email protected] or (352) 848-1430.

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