Farrell man sentenced for robbery

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WKBN) — A Farrell man already serving two life sentences for the December 2011 shooting death of local bar owner Billy Basilone was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for a robbery that occurred several weeks before the murder.

Joshua Stewart, 20, 1218 Roemer Blvd., pleaded guilty and was sentenced in federal court to charges of violating federal Hobbs Act conspiracy and Hobbs Act robbery laws, according to U.S. attorney David J. Hickton.

Prosecutors said Stewart was 18 when he robbed the B&M Market in Farrell on Dec. 20, 2011. They said Stewart served as a lookout during the robbery and also stole cigarettes from the store.

The 10-year robbery sentence is to be served concurrently with Stewart’s murder sentence. He was convicted of Basilone’s murder in September.

On Jan. 17, Stewart’s co-conspirator, Devine Campbell, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery and Hobbs Act robbery. Prosecutors said Campbell admitted shooting the owner of B&M Market during the course of the robbery.

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