Saco pharmacy robber to spend five years in prison

Posted March 01, 2013, at 2:45 p.m.

ALFRED, Maine — A Saco man convicted of two pharmacy robberies in his hometown will spend the next five years behind bars.

John Vernon, 29, was sentenced on Friday in York County District Court to five years and four months in lockup, York County District Attorney Kathryn Slattery said Friday.

Vernon had pleaded guilty on Thursday to two counts of robbery and two counts of unlawful trafficking in oxycodone, Slattery said.

On Jan. 19 and June 2 of last year, Vernon robbed the Community Pharmacy in Saco of oxycodone tablets, and allegedly sold some of them, the district attorney said. Vernon was arrested in July 2012 after committing a third robbery in Gorham.

Slattery said Vernon has yet to be sentenced for the Gorham robbery, but that sentence will run concurrent to the one he is serving in York County.