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Felon who rammed Pasco deputy's cruiser gets 10 years in prison

NEW PORT RICHEY

Felon gets 10 years for string of crimes

Mark Gerow pleaded guilty Tuesday to committing a string of violent crimes last year, which included ramming his car into a Pasco deputy's cruiser. He was sentenced to 101/2 years in prison.

It is a familiar place for him.

Gerow, 44, was released from prison in November 2011 after a 20-year stint for trafficking stolen goods and escape. He was listed as an absconder from his probation when he committed his new crimes a few months into his newfound freedom. On March 21, 2012, he broke into a Port Richey home, beat a man in the head with a gun, demanding prescription pills and money. Then, on March 29, Gerow robbed diners in a Port Richey McDonald's parking lot, shot into the victims' car and rammed a deputy's cruiser as he tried to flee the scene. No one was injured.

Gerow, of Tavares, was charged with aggravated battery on law enforcement, being a felon in possession of a gun, possession of a controlled substance, home invasion robbery and aggravated battery. Gerow, who has a tattoo on his neck that says "white power," pleaded guilty to all of the charges.

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