Convictions upheld in violent robberies


EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect that status of two co-defendants in this case. An earlier version contained incorrect information on the status of defendant Candace Ellis.

PIFFARD — A state appeals court has upheld the conviction of a Livingston County man for two vicious assaults and robberies in York in 2019.

Zachery A. Bishop, 23, formerly of Piffard appealed his 2019 conviction of first-and-second-degree robbery for two brutal assaults in York.

Bishop claimed that Livingston County Court failed to warn him of the consequences of violating any terms of his post-plea deal agreements. Bishop claims that the court sentenced him to “enhanced sentences” based on violations of the conditions.

The Appellate Division, Fourth Department last week ruled against Bishop, saying that Bishop did not violate any conditions and that the sentences were not “unduly harsh or severe.”

“He did not object to the enhanced sentences or more to withdraw his guilty pleas or to vacate the judgments of conviction,” the court ruled.

“We decline to exercise our power to review defendant’s contentions as a matter of discretion in the interest of justice.”

Bishop is serving a 14-year term at Five Points Correctional Facility.

Bishop in 2019 pleaded guilty and admitted planning an attack and robbery of a man in York in January of that year.

Bishop and three others lured the man to a residence, beat him and stole debit cards, a phone and cash.

The investigation into that robbery led to the discovery of a second assault and robbery where Bishop and others attacked a man with a baseball bat and stole property.

Two co-defendants, Kevin Dolison, 25, of Geneseo and Candace Ellis, 33, were also sentenced to state prison terms for their roles in the robberies. A 14-year-old also was involved.

Dolison is serving a five-year sentence at Mid-State Correctional Facility in Marcy following his conviction for second-degree robbery, a class C felony. His earliest possible release date is May 3, 2023, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

Ellis, who was sentenced to two years in state prison, was released from Albion Correctional Facility to the state Division of Parole on Oct. 8, 2020, after serving about 16 months following her conviction for second-degree attempted robbery, a class D felony. She is on post-release supervision until Oct. 8, 2023, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

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