May 22, 2018
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Machete-wielding drugstore robber sentenced to 5 years in prison

By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A man who robbed Rite Aid with a machete was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday.

Joshua Powell, 23, of Rockland pleaded guilty to robbery, stealing drugs and criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon. For his crimes, Justice Joyce A. Wheeler sentenced Powell to 14 years in prison with all but five years suspended. He will have to serve four years probation upon release.

All the charges stem from a Sept. 30 event during which Powell went into Rite Aid in Rockland armed with a machete and threatened pharmacy staff until they gave him drugs, which he then consumed inside the store before police surrounded him.

Powell also was sentenced on several other crimes he committed.

He received a two-year sentence for a May 26 incident in which he stole tools from an Owls Head man. He pleaded guilty to burglary and theft in that case. He also pleaded guilty to giving police false information on Sept. 27, 2010, for which the justice gave him six months in prison. Because the justice ordered that Powell serve all the sentences together, he should be in prison for five years total.

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