Man Gets Life in Prison for Fatal Robbery

Joshua Lee Dukes
Posted at 8:48 PM, Aug 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-25 10:37:50-04

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - One of several young people accused of fatally shooting a Jacksonville man during a robbery has been sentenced to life in prison.

A Duval County judge on Monday sentenced 20-year-old Joshua Lee Dukes. He was convicted in July of second-degree murder and aggravated assault.

Authorities say Dukes and his co-defendants were out looking for someone to rob in August 2013 when they found 36-year-old Wesley Bridges. He was shot dead when he and a friend tried to run.

The Florida Times-Union reports that Roteia Hutchinson pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery in the case. Jarquavis Davis pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and attempted robbery. Eltonia Humphries pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

A defense attorney said the group was in the area to sell drugs, and Dukes shot Bridges because it looked like Bridges was going for a gun.