NEWTON, NJ - A 21-year-old Basking Ridge man has reportedly been sentenced to 11 years in state prison for four robberies he had previously admitting committing in northern New Jersey in December 2014.

Hardwick Stires, a resident of Basking Ridge, was sentenced in state Superior Court on Friday, Aug. 12, according to an Aug. 14 report on njherald.com.

Stires had used an imitation firearm to committ robberies in Kinnelon, Franklin Township, Wantage and Hampton, at the end of 2014, said the online report and other reports at the time of his arrest in 2014.

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The njherald.com report said that Stires, his mother, and his attorney pleaded with Superior Court Judge William J. McGovern to consider Stires' background of mental illness, and said he was not taking his medications at the time of the robberies.

However, the report added that the judge agreed with the assistant prosecutor handling the case that the robberies had been planned, with the imitation firearm having been ordered online beforehand. 

Two other area residents were involved in the robberies and are expected to be sentenced later this fall, according to the report.