CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston teen will spend up to a decade in prison for her role in a brutal downtown robbery and beating that left a former legislative employee with permanent brain damage last year.
Kanawha Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib Jr. sentenced Telissa McCauley, 19, to 10 years in prison Thursday for stealing Robert "Jeff" Moore's wallet on May 22, 2010, as the man lay beaten and bloody in an alleyway between Summers and Capitol streets. McCauley will be eligible for parole after 2 1/2 years.
Another man, Earl Moore Jr., had punched Jeff Moore in the back of the head, knocking him into a coma that lasted 56 days. (The two men are not related.)
When Jeff Moore awoke, he no longer could button his shirt or use the bathroom without help. He now lives in a Charleston assisted-living facility.
Earl Moore is serving a 50-year sentence for first-degree robbery.
In February, McCauley pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery. Another woman, Whitney Sue Avery, 20, who acted as a lookout during the mugging, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy.
The three attackers split about $40 from Moore's wallet.
"I can't change my actions," McCauley said in court Thursday. "I realize that every decision I make affects more people than myself."