- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A man convicted in one of several armed robberies in Fargo last September has been sentenced to serve 8 ½ years in prison.

Twenty-eight-year-old Andrew Ford pleaded guilty in January to interference with commerce by threats and violence, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Authorities say Ford and Carlos Bethel took turns robbing two liquor stores within an hour of each other on Sept. 28. The men acted as getaway drivers for each other in the robberies.

The case was prosecuted under the Hobbs Act, which allows for federal action if the crime involves interstate commerce. The federal system offers stiffer penalties than state court.

Bethel has pleaded guilty and is scheduled for sentencing on Monday.

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