PORTLAND, Maine — A man will spend the next 3-plus years behind bars after he was sentenced on an armed robbery charge Friday, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
Robert Pecora, 26, was handed a 37-month sentence sentence by Justice Nancy Torresen in U.S. District Court in Portland.
Pecora was sentenced for robbing a Rite Aid in Kittery at knifepoint in September 2013. He pleaded guilty in April to the robbery and to criminal contempt of court for later leaving a recovery center and stealing from a Greenland, N.H. residence.
The day of the robbery, Pecora traveled by bicycle from New Hampshire to the Rite Aid on Shapleigh Road in Kittery and presented a piece of paper believed to be a prescription. He allegedly showed a knife and said, “I am going to need all of your OxyContin,” according to a report in The Keene Sentinel.
Pecora subsequently demanded oxycontin at knifepoint, and after a medicine safe was opened, Pecora instead demanded Percocet and was handed 300 pills.
After getting the pills, Pecora entered a pharmacy bathroom where Kittery police found him. Pecora, who had a light blue powdery residue on his upper lip, confessed and was taken into custody.
Following his arrest, Pecora was released on bail in February under conditions he remain at an addiction recovery center in Dover, N.H., and not possess any weapons.
On March 20, he left the center without permission and burglarized a residence in Greenland, N.H., where Pecora stole three firearms, $1,000 cash and a 1991 Toyota 4Runner. He was arrested on March 25 in Keene, N.H. The weapons have not been recovered.
Pecora will be under federal supervised release for three years once his prison term concludes.