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THURSDAY - May 6, 2010

PHARMACY ROBBERS RECEIVE FEDERAL PRISON TIME

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced two defendants for the April 15, 2009, armed robbery of the CVS Pharmacy on Six Forks Road in Raleigh. TIMOTHY ROZELL JACKSON, 26, of Raleigh, North Carolina, received 124 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release. STEPHEN CHARLES HAIRSTON, 25, also of Raleigh, North Carolina, received 102 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release. Additionally, each defendant had restitution of $12,050 imposed.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on October 22, 2009. On December 28, 2009, each defendant pled guilty to one count of aiding and abetting armed robbery and one count of aiding and abetting the use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

According to information provided to the Court at sentencing, on April 15, 2009, HAIRSTON and JACKSON entered the CVS Pharmacy located on Six Forks Road in Raleigh, and walked to the pharmacy area at the back of the store. Entering the employee area of the pharmacy section with their faces concealed and each carrying a firearm, both defendants pointed handguns at the pharmacist and the pharmacist’s assistant, demanding prescription drugs. After taking prescription medications, both defendants left the store. Another CVS employee, observing the robbery through the store’s surveillance system, provided law enforcement with the get-away vehicle’s description and license plate number. According to an inventory taken by the pharmacy, approximately 6,200 pills valued at over $12,000 were stolen.

Immediately after the robbery, officers located the vehicle and performed a traffic stop, where both defendants were arrested. In the car officers found the stolen prescription medication along with the two handguns and ski masks and bandanas used in the robbery.

This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods(PSN) which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes represented the government.

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