Eastbrook man who robbed Bangor Rite Aid, fled to golf course gets five years in prison

Posted Jan. 07, 2013, at 2:42 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 07, 2013, at 6:38 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Eastbrook man caught Sept. 30 on the Bangor Municipal Golf Course minutes after the Rite Aid at Union and Fourteenth streets was held up was sentenced Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to seven years in prison with all but five years suspended, followed by two years of probation.

Bangor police used a GPS signal, slipped in with the drugs by a pharmacy employee, to track Jeffrey Macy, 46, who was driving a 1995 gold Pontiac Bonneville, onto the golf course, according to information submitted by the Penobscot County District Attorney’s office at Macy’s first court appearance. Once on the golf course, Macy unsuccessfully attempted to get away by driving around the 17th and 18th fairways. He eventually crashed into a police cruiser and was arrested, according to a previously published report.

In addition to prison time and probation — which includes a provision that Macy undergo substance abuse counseling — Superior Court Justice William Anderson ordered him to pay nearly $2,300 in restitution to the Bangor Police Department for damage caused to the cruiser.

Prior to being sentenced, Macy apologized to the pharmacist, the Bangor police, the court system and his family “for the embarrassment this has caused.”

“I don’t know what led me to that day,” he said in answer to a question from the judge about Macy’s possible motive for the crime. “I punish myself every day.”

Macy was indicted in October by the Penobscot County grand jury on one count each of robbery, criminal operating under the influence of intoxicants, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, aggravated criminal mischief and refusing to submit to arrest.

He pleaded guilty to all five charges and an unrelated misdemeanor theft charge last month.

Macy’s blood alcohol level was 0.13 percent when he was arrested, the Penobscot County district attorney’s office said in October. The legal limit to operate a vehicle in Maine is 0.08 percent.

There was no plea deal with Macy, Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, said last month. The prosecutor recommended that Macy spend between seven and eight years behind bars without serving probation.

Roberts said he made the recommendation based on Macy’s long criminal history, which included five prior drunken driving convictions since 1990. The prosecutor also said that Macy had been unable to complete a drug court program about five years ago in Hancock County.

The deputy district attorney said that he also recommended the long sentence because as Macy was leaving the pharmacy counter, he threatened the pharmacist, saying “you better watch yourself when you go home tonight.”

“The pharmacist was so concerned that she asked the police to check on her residence,” Roberts said.

That turned out not to be necessary because Macy was arrested quickly.

Defense attorney Joseph Belisle of Bangor urged Anderson to sentence Macy to between five and six years in prison as well as probation so the defendant could have help in addressing his substance abuse issues.

By pleading guilty, Macy admitted that he handed a note to the pharmacist demanding drugs and said he had a weapon. He also threatened the woman twice, according to a previously published report.

Macy has been held since his arrest at the Penobscot County Jail, unable to make bail set at $50,000 cash or $200,000 surety. That time will be applied to his sentence, Roberts said.

He faced up to 10 years in prison on the robbery charge alone.

Macy originally was scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 27, but the courthouse was shut down that day due to a snowstorm.