UPDATE | Riverwalk beating suspects plead guilty

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Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW) -- Two suspects in the brutal beating of a couple on the Riverwalk have pleaded guilty.

Robey Moses plead guilty to all counts Monday. He has been sentenced to 30 years behind bars. It will run concurrently.

Moses plead guilty to two counts of criminal attempt to commit murder, two counts of armed and one count of robbery. A car-jacking charge and robbery charge were both dismissed.

Kevin Richardson plead guilty to two counts to commit murder and two counts of armed robbery. One count of armed robbery is being dismissed. Richardson will also serve thirty years behind bars.

Last year the Robey Moses and Kevin Richardson faced aggravated assault charges. The grand jury bumped those charges up to attempt to commit murder because of the severity of the crime.

Ashley Solesbee and Wesley Spires were beaten with a baseball bat and robbed on Augusta's Riverwalk in May 2013. The couple was on their first date. After the attack, the couple faced weeks in the hospital and multiple surgeries. Despite those challenges, they married this year.

The incident led to the city and the Richmond County Sheriff's Office putting more resources toward downtown safety.

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, May 15, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Robey Moses, one of the suspects in Augusta's Riverwalk attack, is behind bars and facing aggravated assault and robbery by force charges.

Charges that many say are too soft. Lt. Calvin Chew with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office says that's the way the law is written.

"In the state of Georgia, we don't have an attempted murder charge. What we have is aggravated assault," Chew said.

He says there is not an attempted murder charge in Georgia, but that the current charge is pretty much the same.

"As a matter of fact, aggravated assault is a lot easier to prove," he said.

Basically, the charge is the same as attempted murder-- just different wording.

"Aggravated assault covers it, and it's the same amount of time, as other states that have attempted murder with a sentence of up to 20 years," Chew said. "We are that way with all crimes. We jump on it as soon as we get an opportunity -- just like the beatings downtown."

He says they want justice for the victims and their family.

"We are sorry this happened. We are trying to make downtown a safe environment with the help of the public. The public helped us a lot in this case. It was a lot of good old-fashioned police work as well," Chew said.

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