West Rutland Rite Aid Robber Indicted
Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Christopher McCarthy, 43, of St. Albans, appeared today in United States District Court and pled not guilty to a charge of obstructing commerce by robbery. United States Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy granted the government's motion to detain McCarthy pending trial.
According to court documents, a federal grand jury returned an indictment on April 26, 2012, charging McCarthy with obstructing commerce by robbing the Rite Aid in West Rutland on February 11, 2012. The indictment alleges that McCarthy took methadone and oxycodone from a Rite Aid employee by means of actual and threatened force, violence, or fear of injury to the employee. McCarthy was arrested by the Vermont State Police on February 11, and initially charged in Rutland Superior Court. The state charge was dismissed after the return of the federal indictment.
The United States Attorney emphasizes that the charge contained in the indictment is merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty. If he is convicted, McCarthy faces a maximum possible term of imprisonment of 20 years. The actual sentence in the event of a conviction will be determined pursuant to the advisory federal sentencing guidelines and the federal statutory sentencing factors.
United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin commended the Vermont State Police for its investigation, and thanked Rutland County State's Attorney Marc Brierre for his cooperation. McCarthy is represented by Federal Public Defender Michael Desautels. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Nolan of the Rutland Branch Office.