West Rutland Rite Aid Robber Sentenced to 40 Months Imprisonment
Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that on November 26, 2012, Christopher McCarthy, 43, of St. Albans, was sentenced to 40 months imprisonment and 3 years supervised release on his guilty plea to a charge of obstructing commerce by robbery of the West Rutland Rite Aid on February 11, 2012. Chief United States District Judge Christina Reiss also ordered that McCarthy pay restitution of $405 to Rite Aid.
According to court records, on February 11, 2012, McCarthy entered the Rite Aid in West Rutland and demanded methadone and oxycodone by means of threatened force, violence, or fear of injury to the pharmacist. Later that evening, Vermont State Police arrested McCarthy, who was initially charged by Rutland County State's Attorney Marc Brierre. The state charge was dismissed after the return of a federal indictment on April 26, 2012.
United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin commended the Vermont State Police for its investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration for its investigative assistance, and thanked Rutland County State's Attorney Marc Brierre for his cooperation. McCarthy was represented by Federal Public Defender Michael Desautels. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Nolan of the Rutland Branch Office.