- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a Tuscaloosa man to 25 years in prison for a string of armed robberies in 2012.

U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler sentenced 21-year-old DeMardus Tarver Tuesday to just over four years in prison on the robbery charges, to be followed by nearly 21 years in prison on weapons charges associated with the robberies. Authorities say Tarver robbed the Family Variety, Buddy’s Food Mart, Fast Stop, and a Raceway Service Station from October to November 2012. Tarver discharged a gun during the Fast Stop robbery and brandished a gun during the Raceway Service Station robbery.

Tarver pleaded guilty to four robberies under the federal Hobbs Act, which involves robbery affecting interstate commerce, and to using or brandishing a firearm during two of those robberies.

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