June 24, 2018
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Union Street Rite Aid robber to serve 2½ years

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — One of two men accused of robbing the Rite Aid pharmacy on Union Street in late May pleaded guilty to robbery Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

Darien Young, 19, of Bangor was sentenced to six years in prison with all but 2½ years suspended followed by three years of probation.

Young did not address the court.

By pleading guilty, Young admitted that he and then-33-year-old transient Sheldon Hopkins on May 30 robbed the Rite Aid. Hopkins went to the pharmacy while Young stayed at the front of the store, Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, told Superior Court Justice Kevin Cuddy.

Hopkins pleaded guilty to the same charge earlier this year. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison due to his extensive criminal history, Roberts said after Young’s sentencing.

According to Bangor police and Penobscot County prosecutors, the two got away with narcotics, including oxycodone. Though they presented notes during the robbery claiming that they had guns, no weapons were found.

The two men were arrested within hours of the heist. They were found in the wooded area between Sunset Avenue and the southbound lane of Interstate 95 in Bangor.

Both men were homeless at the time of the robbery, according to court documents.

Bangor police Detective Erik Tall, who was off duty and inside the pharmacy when the robbery happened, reported the crime and chased the suspects as they fled the scene on foot, Lt. Tom Reagan said shortly after the arrests were made.

Both men were charged with Class B robbery and faced up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.

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