AUGUSTA, Maine — An Augusta man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for a series of crimes, including the robberies of three Maine pharmacies within a four-day period last summer to feed his prescription pill dependency.
Shawn Merrill pleaded guilty Monday in Kennebec County Superior Court to 16 offenses dating to 2010. The judge sentenced him to 25 years with 10 years suspended, and five years of probation.
Authorities say the 27-year-old Merrill robbed pharmacies in Randolph and Waterville on June 12 and another in Fairfield on June 15, while on probation for a gas station robbery in Augusta. Merrill demanded oxycodone at all the pharmacies and indicated in a note and sometimes verbally that he had a gun.
The Kennebec Journal reports that Merrill tearfully apologized in court.