Rockport man pleads not guilty to robbing Millinocket pharmacy

Posted Nov. 28, 2011, at 2:45 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 28, 2011, at 5:41 p.m.
Nicholas Skoby
Courtesy of Penobscot County Jail
Nicholas Skoby

BANGOR, Maine — A Rockport man pleaded not guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to robbing a Millinocket pharmacy this summer.

Nicholas Skoby, 29, allegedly demanded cash and pills from a pharmacist at Rite Aid on Aug. 29. He also showed the pharmacist the butt of gun stuck in the waistband of his pants, then led police on a high-speed chase, according to documents filed in federal and state court.

Skoby was indicted earlier this month by a federal grand jury in Bangor for interference with commerce by robbery and using, carrying or brandishing a firearm in connection with a crime of violence.

He was charged in September in state court with two counts of robbery, eluding an officer, failure to stop for an officer and driving to endanger.

Skoby has not yet been indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury.

If convicted of the pharmacy robbery in federal court, the state charge is expected to be dismissed. Skoby remained Monday afternoon at the Penobscot County Jail unable to make $50,000 bail on the state charges.

If convicted in federal court, he faces up to 30 years in prison on the robbery charge and a mandatory minimum additional seven years for carrying the gun. Under state law, he faces up to 30 years if convicted on the robbery charge.

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