Joshua Rosa Found Guilty in Teen's Murder

By Keith Baker
ABC Action News

July 21, 2008

AMPA, FL -- Youth minister Joshua Rosa was found guilty of first degree murder Monday morning in the strangulation death of 13-year-old Stephen Tomlinson of Citrus Park.

The jury reached a verdict after deliberating Friday afternoon but postponed further proceedings until Monday.

Rosa appeared visibly upset as the verdict was read. Several family members cried as the jury was polled.

Joshua Rosa shortly after hearing the guilty verdict

Tomlinson's body was found the Logan Gate Park Hillsborough County in December 2005.

Rosa was hired by the Zion Pentecostal Church as a youth minister.

Rosa faces life without parole however an appeal is forthcoming.

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