For his role in the brutal beating and robbery of a Moon Lake man and his neighbor, Bryan Curtis, 17, will spend the next 12 years of his life in prison.
On Sept. 14, 2012, Joseph Bruno, a retired man with multiple sclerosis, met Bobbie Jo Curtis on Singlesnet.com. She told Bruno she and her son needed a place to stay, so he agreed to let them spend a few days at his three-bedroom house on Midvale Avenue. When he asked them to leave, they came up with a plan to rob him.
The younger Curtis said his mom put him up to the robbery. He said she badgered him and told him he wasn't a real man unless he beat up Bruno. Bobbie Jo Curtis left and picked up a woman named Vanessa Musson, 27, to help with the removal of Bruno's stuff, after they beat Bruno bloody. They did the same to a neighbor who came to investigate. They stole guns, baseball cards, money and other possessions.
After the crime, they fled to a nearby motel and bought McDonald's and spice to smoke. Deputies found them later that night.
Circuit Judge Mary Handsel sentenced Curtis on Friday afternoon. He was charged with attempted murder, grand theft, false imprisonment and other charges. According to assistant state attorney Chris Billings, Handsel could have given Bryan Curtis anywhere from six months of probation to 45 years in prison.
Last week, Bryan Curtis testified in Musson's trial. She was sentenced to a state-mandated life prison term because of her previous convictions.
Bobbie Jo Curtis, 41, has pleaded guilty to the charges against her and will be sentenced in May.