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File photo of a prison cell. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A father and son have been found guilty of robbing an Asheville bank in December 2011.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that 59-year-old John Edmonds Jr. and 25-year-old James Edmonds were convicted of armed robbery.

The father was sentenced to eight years in prison, while the son received six.

Prosecutors say the elder Edmonds was posing as a customer when his masked son came in, brandished a gun and took more than $5,000. The father ran after his son, pretending to follow the robber, and gave officers incorrect information on where he’d gone and what he was wearing.

Prosecutors say cell phone records showed they were talking before, during and after the robbery.

John Edmonds was convicted in July 2012 of drug trafficking. That sentence will be served concurrently.

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