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Former corrections officer sentenced in Fall River armed robbery

According to Jennifer Sowa of the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, a local man was sentenced to prison earlier this week.

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According to Jennifer Sowa of the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, a local man was sentenced to prison earlier this week.

Joseph Farias, a 47 year old former Corrections Officer of Westport, was sentenced on November 27, 2018 in the Fall River Superior Court for robbing a 7-11 and Rite Aid in Fall River, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.

On September 4, 2017, the defendant, Joseph Farias, entered the 7-11 convenience store on North Main Street in Fall River. Once inside the defendant demanded money from the clerk while brandishing a knife. The clerk opened the register drawer and the defendant fled with $100 and could not be located. On October 4, 2017 the defendant entered the Rite Aid on South Main Street with a tarp wrapped around his neck and back. The defendant indicated to the clerk that he had a gun and kept his hand behind his back. Based on this threat the clerk opened the register and the defendant stole approximately $365 and fled. Surveillance from Rite Aid showed a large tattoo on the suspects neck, “Back Roads”. The defendant’s and parole supervisor from a previous conviction noted the defendant to have the same tattoo. The defendant’s ex-wife also identified him as the person who committed the Rite Aid Robbery.

The Commonwealth, represented by Assistant District Attorney Jason Mohan, recommended a 4 to 6 ½ year state prison sentence with probation. The Defendant recommended a 2 year State Prison sentence with probation. Judge Mark Hallal imposed a State Prison sentence of 4 years with 3 years of probation to follow.

“This defendant has a history of committing violent robberies,” District Attorney Quinn said. “He needs to be locked up to protect the public”.

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  1. Charles

    June 24, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    I served in the Marine Corp with this gentleman and I’m not sure if PTSD has anything to do with his self destructive behavior but that’s is not him at all when I knew him…A squared away Marine…If they don’t get him some counseling/help he will be a repeat offender that will only perpetuate his issues.

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