An Arkansas man currently in federal custody will be in prison until at least 2053 after being sentenced by a federal judge for being a felon in possession of a firearm and pointing it at store clerks during an armed robbery of a convenience store.

Judge James M. Moody sentenced Nicholas Dismuke to 227 months in prison.

Dismuke, 27, pleaded guilty in 2020 to an indictment which charged him with entering a Dollar General store in Helena-West Helena in 2015 with a silver revolver and took approximately $169. He was later arrested in Jonesboro and two loaded handguns were found in an apartment.

During the court hearing, prosecutors highlighted Dismuke’s criminal record which included being involved in the death of a juvenile officer at the Jack Jones Juvenile Detention Center when he and two other juveniles escaped, assault on three officers at the Independence County Juvenile Detention Center and aggravated assault on a guard at a facility in Lincoln County.

Evidence also showed that Dismuke had committed five armed robberies in September 2015, one in St. Louis, one in Jonesboro, and three i9n Helena-West Helena.