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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Clinton Man Pleads Guilty to Pharmacy Robbery

Contact: F. Todd Lowell
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373
Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that that James Senior, 39, of Clinton, Maine pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to pharmacy robbery.

Court records show that on March 31, 2015, Senior entered the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Newport, Maine, approached the pharmacy counter, presented a note that demanded oxycodone and threatened that employees would be harmed if they did not comply.  While Senior waited, he told the employees to “hurry up” and “get moving.”  He absconded with three bottles of oxycodone and hydrocodone-ibuprofen pills. 
Law enforcement officers released a video of the robbery.  After receiving a tip, they confirmed that Senior was the robber by comparing the video footage to a known photograph of Senior.  Officers also recovered the three pill bottles that Senior had discarded a short distance from the pharmacy.  The next day, Senior surrendered to the Waterville Police Department and admitted that he was the robber.

Senior faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The investigation was conducted by the Newport Police Department, the Maine State Police, the Waterville Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Updated June 12, 2015