PORTLAND, Maine — A 23-year-old Dresden man who in June 2013 robbed a Walgreens pharmacy in Bath was sentenced in U.S. District Court on Wednesday to serve more than two years in prison.
Nicholas Alexander faced up to 20 years in prison for the June 14 robbery, in which he and a Dresden woman stole hundreds of oxycodone tablets.
U.S. District Court Judge George Z. Singal sentenced Alexander to 28 months in prison, followed by three years supervised release, according to court documents.
Just before 2 p.m. on June 14, Bath police responded to the State Road pharmacy, where employees reported that a man had handed the clerk a note demanding, “You have 20 seconds to give me all of your oxycodone 15s and 30s or I will blow your [expletive] brains out,” according to a statement by FBI Special Agent Thomas MacDonald.
The pharmacist then gave the man a bag containing 1,100 oxycodone tablets.
Witness descriptions initially led police to Alexander’s sister-in-law and brother, Devin Alexander, according to court documents. During an interview, Alexander’s brother reportedly told Bath police that Nicholas committed the crime.
When police located Nicholas at a Wiscasset hotel and seized what they believed to be the remainder of the stolen pills, he admitted robbing the pharmacy because he “was dope sick,” MacDonald wrote.
Nicholas Alexander’s attorney, J. Hilary Billings, told the Bangor Daily News on Wednesday afternoon that Alexander’s addiction to oxycodone pushed him “to some rather desperate conduct.”
“There’s no question that Nicholas is the perpetrator here, and that he caused his victims to experience some very terrifying moments,” Billings said. “But we often talk in court about how the influx of these drugs into our communities and into our state undercut the fabric of our communities and affect our children in some very negative ways. Nicholas is completely a product of Maine, and in a very real sense, we’re talking about someone like Nicholas when we talk about how our communities and our children are victimized by these drugs.”
In a statement released late Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II praised the cooperative actions of the local, county, state and federal law-enforcement agencies.
“The United States Attorney’s Office has put a special emphasis on the investigation and prosecution of pharmacy robberies in the State of Maine,” Delahanty wrote. “I am pleased that the cooperative effort of law enforcement at all levels resulted in the successful conclusion of this case.”