March 20, 2018
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Gardiner man pleads guilty to robbing same pharmacy twice in 3 days

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Gardiner man accused of robbing the same Augusta pharmacy twice in three days pleaded guilty to one count of robbery Thursday in U.S. District Court.

Ryan McLaughlin, 26, was indicted in January by a federal grand jury in connection with robberies on Nov. 11 and 13 at the Shaw’s Osco pharmacy.

He pleaded guilty to one count of interference with commerce by robbery in connection with the Nov. 13 incident, according to information posted on the court’s electronic case filing system. The other charge will be dismissed when McLaughlin is sentenced, according to his plea agreement.

A sentencing date has not been set.

By pleading guilty, McLaughlin admitted that at about 12:25 p.m. Nov. 13, he walked into the pharmacy in the supermarket on Western Avenue. He gave a note to a pharmacy employee demanding two bottles of oxycodone, according to the prosecution version of events to which he pleaded guilty.

Pharmacy staff told police that they were very fearful and concerned for their safety during the robbery, in part because of McLaughlin’s agitated demeanor, and their concern that he had a weapon in his pocket, the court document said.

McLaughlin faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. He also could be ordered to pay restitution to the pharmacy for the cost of the pills.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, McLaughlin waived his right to appeal to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston if his sentence is not longer than 33 months.


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