It didn’t take long for Hunter Bishop to officially learn his fate for the next few years.
The man charged with shooting a Plainville convenience store clerk during an attempted robbery in early June was sentenced to 41 months in prison Thursday morning in Rooks County District Court at the Ellis County Courthouse.
Bishop, 21 at the time of the incident, has been confined in the Rooks County Jail since being arrested July 9 in Arkansas and extradited back to Kansas. He was given 278 days credit for incarceration.
Bishop reached a plea agreement March 9 to aggravated battery.
He originally was charged with a pair of felonies — aggravated battery and attempted aggravated robbery — for shooting store employee Michael Downing in the hip with a handgun June 7 at the Plainville Short Stop along U.S. Highway 183. Downing apparently reached for the gun when Bishop brandished it.
“Let’s talk about your criminal history,” said District Judge Glenn Braun. “It shows one prior conviction for theft. Do you disagree with this?”
“No, your honor,” Bishop answered.
Braun asked if the victim in the case was notified of the sentencing arrangement and was told he was.
The judge gave Bishop an opportunity to address the court, which he declined.
“On the charge of aggravated battery, you are sentenced to 41 months with the secretary of corrections,” Braun said. “Prison will be imposed.”
Bishop is able to earn up to 15 percent good-time credit during his incarceration, and was ordered to pay approximately $13,000 in restitution.
He will remain in custody of Rooks County until being tranfered to the Kansas Department of Corrections.