ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — A man from Asheville will spend between six to eight years behind bars after pleading guilty to his actions in an armed robbery.

A press release from Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams said Gary Joshua Leming, 45, of Asheville, pleaded guilty on Feb. 6 to robbery with a dangerous weapon and was sentenced pursuant to negotiated plea to a term of imprisonment of 77-105 months.

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The district attorney’s release said back on Aug. 11, 2023, around 6 p.m., Asheville police officers responded to 1356 Patton Avenue in reference to an armed robbery at The Plug Smoke Shop & Dispensary CBD Store. An employee of the store told police that a man took a gallon jar of hemp flower and began walking to the front door. The employee tried blocking the man from leaving and the man pointed a knife at him, then ran away with the jar.

Images of the suspect recovered from in-store surveillance video were distributed among patrol officers in the area. “Shortly thereafter, law enforcement detained a suspect, later identified as Leming, approximately a mile from the Plug Smoke Shop at a city bus stop,” the DA’s release said.

“After being advised of his rights and agreeing to an interview with law enforcement, Leming admitted to taking the hemp flower, leaving the store after pointing a knife, and stashing the jar in a backpack,” the DA’s release added.

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Officers recovered the stolen hemp flower from Leming and determined that it had a retail value of around $4,000.

“The quick recovery and distribution of the surveillance video and subsequent cooperation between The Plug Smoke Shop and Asheville Police Department directly led to Mr. Leming’s arrest, recovery of the stolen goods, and an iron clad case sending Mr. Leming to prison. I thank investigators and the victims of this crime for their cooperation,” D.A. Todd Williams said in his release.

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