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Conviction of attempted robbery near Elizabethton High School nets man 7.5 year sentence

John Thompson • Oct 18, 2018 at 9:05 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A man who was arrested in March on charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated assault on Jason Witten Way in front of Elizabethon High School and inside Ingles Market was sentenced on Wednesday.

Joshua Devan Farley was sentenced to serve 7.5 years in prison. Farley, an Alabama resident, had a previous robbery conviction in Birmingham. He was sentenced on two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of aggravated assault.

The incident occurred on March 8. Two women who were exercising told police that a man wearing a dark hoodie came up to them as they walked on the sidewalk at Jason Witten Way. As he drew near, they said he pulled out a pistol, pointed it at them and told them “give it up.”

When the women convinced him they were not carrying money during their walk, they said he tried to convince them he was joking and asked them where the Salvation Army was located. The women continued walking away from him and told police they last saw him walking towards Ingles.

Two employees inside Ingles told police that a man came up to them and was acting suspicious. They said he told them he “made stupid money” and then brandished what they thought was a pistol.

When police arrived, they reported finding Farley hiding behind a pillar outside the shopping center. The officers questioned him and reported finding a Phantom airsoft pistol behind the pillar where he had been standing.

The police reported that Farley told then he had found the gun lying there and had picked it up because he thought he could sell it. The two women came to the scene and told police he was the man who had tried to rob them.

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