ELLSWORTH, Maine — After pleading guilty to robbery and two charges of theft, a Tremont man has been sentenced to eight years in prison, with all but 18 months suspended.
Shaun Parsons, 34, admitted earlier this month in Hancock County Superior Court that he robbed the Ellsworth Shaw’s Supermarket on July 21. He was sentenced by Judge Ann Murray on the same day, Nov. 14.
Parsons told a cashier at the grocery that he had a gun and made off with nearly $700 in cash. With the help of witnesses who followed Parsons out of the supermarket, police tracked him down behind Pizza Hut on High Street and apprehended him.
Parsons had a water pistol with him during the robbery but did not show it to anyone during the incident. Parsons was carrying a note with a list of prescription drugs and had intended to rob the Shaw’s pharmacy, police said. When the pharmacy was closed, he headed instead to a cashier.
After he was arrested, Parsons admitted to police that he had robbed the store, and told them he consumed illegal drugs known as bath salts earlier that day.
Parsons also admitted to stealing items from the two other Ellsworth stores earlier the same day, including a carton of milk from Hannaford and several items from Walmart, including the squirt gun and a baseball cap and bandana he used to hide his face during the Shaw’s robbery.
When he is released from prison, Parsons — who had previously pleaded not guilty to all three charges — will serve three years of probation, and will pay restitution of $673 to Shaw’s. Parsons will serve his sentence at Maine Correctional Center in Windham.
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