Idaho Falls man sent to prison for robbery
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IDAHO FALLS — An Idaho Falls man was sentenced to prison Thursday for mugging a man who was trying to hire a prostitute.
Joshua Lynn Tews, 29, will spend up to five years in prison as ordered by District Judge Joel Tingey. Tews pleaded guilty to felony robbery as part of a plea agreement where a felony grand theft charge was dismissed. Tews will serve the sentence alongside a 2015 Twin Falls burglary case.
In July, police reports show a male victim was driving a white car during the day when he was suddenly cutoff by another vehicle driven by Tews, according to an affidavit of probable cause. Tews got out of the car, pointed a gun at the driver and demanded he give up all his money.
Tews reportedly took the man’s phone and keys. The victim got out of his car and the pair got into a fistfight. Tews is said to have hit the victim on the head with his pistol, took his wallet and left the scene.
A subsequent investigation revealed the victim had been attempting to meet a prostitute at the time of the robbery. Police also found text messages between Tews and a woman who was aware of what the victim had been looking for. She told Tews the victim was unlikely to call police because he was looking for a prostitute.
In addition to the time in prison, Tingey ordered Tews to pay $1,545.50 in fees and fines.