Augusta woman gets 46 months for her role in CVS pharmacy robbery

Posted Dec. 03, 2013, at 5:23 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 03, 2013, at 8:13 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — An Augusta woman who admitted planning and helping execute the Jan. 22 robbery of a CVS pharmacy in her hometown was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to 46 months in federal prison.

Stephanie McCormick, 23, pleaded guilty in March to one count of interference with commerce by robbery.

In addition to prison time, U.S. District Judge John Woodcock sentenced McCormick to three years of supervised release following her incarceration.

The judge also ordered her to pay a $1,000 fine and $1,587 in restitution — $587 to the pharmacy for the oxycodone taken and $1,000 for the GPS tracker McCormick admitted tossing out a car window after the robbery.

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Her co-defendants, Anthony Post, 20, of Auburn and Candice Eaton, 26, of Augusta, have pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the robbery. Post is scheduled be sentenced Jan. 3 on the same charge his cousin McCormick was. Eaton is to be sentenced Wednesday on one count of being an accessory after the fact.

Woodcock ruled last month that McCormick was the “organizer, leader, manager or supervisor” of Post and Eaton in connection with the robbery. That increased her recommended sentence under the federal sentencing guidelines from between 33 and 41 months to between 41 and 51 months, according to the judge’s ruling.

She faced a maximum sentence of 20 years and a $250,000 fine.

Woodcock found that on Jan. 22 McCormick first talked Post into robbing a Walgreens Drug Store near her apartment after the two ran out of oxycodone, a powerful narcotic painkiller. McCormick penned a note for Post, using her left hand to disguise her writing, and gave him clothes to wear in an effort to disguise him, the judge wrote.

“Mr. Post went to Walgreens but was unable to get his nerve up and returned to Ms. McCormick’s,” Woodcock said. “When he arrived, she said, ‘You couldn’t do it, could you? You [chickened] out.’ Mr. Post made excuses, saying that his scarf fell down and someone saw his face.”

McCormick suggested they rob the CVS on Cony Circle and called Eaton to drive them, but did not tell her they were going to rob a pharmacy, the judge wrote. About 15 minutes after he left Walgreens, Post handed a note that read, “Quickly & Calmly put all Oxycodone in bag, if not I have a gun & will start shooting, no scene!” to a CVS pharmacy technician, who complied with the demand.

Post took the pills, which were in bottles in a CVS bag, to Eaton’s car, where McCormick was waiting. McCormick found the GPS tracker when she emptied the pills from the bottles into the bags, Woodcock wrote.

The trio was arrested after Post’s mother recognized him from surveillance video released to the media and called police with his location, according to court documents. Post and McCormick were arrested and charged within three days of the robbery. Eaton was arrested in March.

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