Dresden woman gets 3 months for role in Bath Walgreens robbery

Posted Jan. 31, 2014, at 10:41 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 31, 2014, at 3:01 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A 24-year-old Dresden woman who scouted the Bath Walgreens prior to a June robbery was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to serve three months in federal prison.

Devin Alexander will serve three years of supervised release after her sentence, according to court documents.

Alexander initially pleaded not guilty to the federal charge of conspiracy to commit robbery, for which her brother-in-law was convicted of executing, but changed her plea in July.

Just before 2 p.m. 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 and her husband, Nathan Alexander, according to court documents. During an interview, however, Nathan Alexander reportedly told Bath police that his brother, 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.

Earlier this month, Nicholas Alexander was sentenced to 28 months in prison, followed by three years supervised release.

Attorney Michael Whipple, who represented Devin Alexander, argued that by scouting the pharmacy before the robbery and then informing Nicholas that it was safe to commit the robbery, his client played a “minimal role” in the crime and that the behavior was greatly out of character for the young mother.

“At least initially Ms. Alexander thought the event was a joke or perhaps better placed a fantasy,” Whipple wrote in a sentencing memorandum. “She was caught in the excitement and participated in accordance. The reality of the joke quickly devolved when Nicholas Alexander entered the pharmacy and approached the counter. When he demanded OxyContin from the pharmacist, Ms. Alexander, horrified, ran crying from the store. She did this prior to the final execution of the robbery — at least she thought so.”

Devin Alexander was released Thursday and is scheduled to report to begin her sentence on Feb. 26.

 

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this report incorrectly stated that the sentence would be three years. Alexander was sentenced to serve three months in federal prison.

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