1 of 2 thong-facemask robbery suspects sentenced

DENVER (AP) - One of two Colorado men who used women's thong
underwear to cover their faces while they robbed a convenience
store has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Twenty-year-old Joaquin Rico was sentenced Tuesday. He and
25-year-old Joseph Richard Espinoza pleaded guilty to the May 15
robbery.
Prosecutors say the pair threw a large rock through the store's
window at 5 a.m., soon after the clerk opened the store.
One man wore a green thong; the other wore blue.
Prosecutors say Rico grabbed the store's clerk by the neck and
punched her in the face several times, breaking her jaw. He then
collected about $100 from the cash registers, while Espinoza stole
37 packs of cigarettes.
Espinoza's sentencing is scheduled for Monday.


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