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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Oklahoma City Man Previously Sentenced To 272 Months, $37,958 Restitution For Multiple Charges Found Guilty On Additional State Charges

Previous Charges Include Drug Distribution, Robbery, And Carjacking

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that, on December 8, 2016, JEREMY DWAYNE LAVORCHEK, age 28, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 272 months imprisonment, and ordered to pay $37,958.33 in restitution for POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE SCHEDULE II CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C); ROBBERY INVOLVING CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2118(a); and CARJACKING, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2119(1). 
    
The charges and lengthy sentence were the result of Lavorchek’s violent armed robbery of Ernie’s Pharmacy, located in Muskogee, Oklahoma, on December 9, 2015.  Lavorchek used a handgun to threaten the employees of Ernie’s Pharmacy to steal Opioid pharmaceutical drugs.  In attempting to flee the scene of the pharmacy robbery, Lavorchek carjacked a woman waiting in the pharmacy drive-thru by threatening her and her 2-year-old son with a gun and forcing her to drive him from the crime scene.  Lavorchek was charged in the Eastern District of Oklahoma and sentenced by United States District Judge Ronald White.  

On March 5, 2016, Lavorchek committed an equally violent armed robbery of the Legacy Drug Store in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.  Lavorchek and a second accomplice used handguns to tie up three employees and steal large amounts of Opioid pain medications.  Police arrested Lavorchek as he fled the scene of the robbery.  The Garvin County District Attorney’s Office charged Lavorchek with nine counts of robbery, assault and kidnapping.

On January 27, 2018, a State of Oklahoma jury of seven woman and five men found Lavorchek guilty on all counts and recommended a sentence of life in prison on all nine counts.  Lavorchek is expected to be formally sentenced in March 2018.

United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester commented, “We are proud to have worked with District 21 District Attorney, Greg Mashburn, in coordinating the federal and state prosecutions of a dangerous serial criminal.  The U. S. Attorney’s Office and the Garvin County District Attorney’s Office shared evidence and strategies in an effort to achieve the maximum sentences for Lavorchek, thereby protecting the people of Oklahoma by ensuring he would never be free to commit further violent acts. This team effort demonstrates the success that we can have when state and federal agencies work together in the common cause of protecting the public.”

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
Updated January 31, 2018