May 23, 2018
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Augusta man gets 3 years for robbing CVS of oxycodone last year

Augusta Police Department | BDN
Augusta Police Department | BDN
James Rich
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — An Augusta man who admitted robbing a CVS pharmacy of oxycodone pills a year ago was sentenced Wednesday to three years and one month in federal prison.

James P. Rich, 29, was arrested in March for the Nov. 28, 2012, robbery of the Capitol Street drug store after he confessed to police the previous month.

In addition to prison time, U.S. District Judge John Woodcock sentenced Rich to three years of supervised release after he completes his prison term. Conditions include mental health and substance abuse treatment.

The judge also ordered Rich to pay the pharmacy $126 in restitution, the wholesale price of the pills.

Rich waived indictment in May and pleaded guilty to one count of interference with commerce by robbery. By pleading guilty he admitted that he handed the pharmacist at the CVS a threatening note.

The note, which was left at the scene after Rich had fled, said “Don’t say a word. Give me your oxys. I am [expletive] serious,” according to the prosecution version of events to which Rich pleaded guilty. The pharmacist handed a second pharmacist the note, and they complied with Rich’s demands, giving him two bottles of 5 milligram oxycodone pills.

Rich was not armed and fled the scene on foot, according to court documents.

A tip from a confidential informant led police to Rich.

The Capitol Street CVS Pharmacy was robbed three times in 2012, according to police, twice in November.

Rich faced up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Under prevailing federal sentencing guidelines, the recommended sentence was between 37 and 46 months.

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