A New Bedford man was sentenced this week to three to five years in state prison for committing an armed robbery that happened nearly two years ago.

The Bristol County District Attorney's Office says 26-year-old Joshua Bishop appeared in Fall River Superior Court on Monday and plead guilty to a single-count indictment charging him with armed robbery while masked.

Prosecutors say the robbery happened on March 23, 2019, at the Shop Smart convenience store on Ashley Boulevard.

According to police reports, a man wearing a mask entered the store around 1:30 pm, pulled out a knife and demanded cash from the clerk. The clerk told police even though the man was masked, he recognized him as "Josh," a customer who stopped by the store on a regular basis. The robber got away with about $300 in cash.

Police later talked to a witness who said he saw the robber flee the store. He was later shown a photo of the suspect and made a positive identification. Bishop was arrested on a warrant in October 2019.

District Attorney Thomas Quinn said, "The defendant committed a very serious crime against an innocent person just trying to make a living. The sentence holds him accountable."

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