You are here

Justice News

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 31, 2014

Sangerville Man Pleads Guilty to Pharmacy Robbery

Contact: Andrew McCormack
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that James
Stile, 58, of Sangerville, Maine, pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in Portland to
pharmacy robbery.

Court records and proceedings reveal that on September 12, 2011, Stile entered the E.W.
Moore and Sons pharmacy in Bingham, Maine and pulled what appeared to be a sawed off
shotgun from his pants. Stile pointed the gun at the owner and the three employees who were
behind the pharmacy counter. He then ordered the three employees to lie on the floor behind the
counter. A customer subsequently entered the store and Stile ordered the customer to go behind
the pharmacy counter with the employees. Stile told the owner of the pharmacy to fill a bag with
narcotics. As the owner filled the bag with narcotics, Stile tied the hands and feet of the
customer and the three employees. Once the bag was full of narcotics, Stile instructed the owner
to lie down on the floor. Stile then tied the hands and feet of the owner and fled the store.

Stile faces up to 25 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and restitution. He will be sentenced
after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the
Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office, the Maine State
Police and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Component(s): 
Updated January 26, 2015