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

Friday, January 10, 2014

Windham Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Armed Pharmacy Robbery

Contact: Darcie N. McElwee
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that U.S.
District Court Judge George Z. Singal sitting in Portland yesterday sentenced Derek Jackson,
38, to two years in federal prison for robbing the Hannaford pharmacy in March of this year.

Court records reveal that on March 23, 2013, at approximately 2:11pm, Jackson
approached the pharmacy counter of the Windham, Maine Hannaford and demanded a large
amount of Dilaudid, a scheduled narcotic opioid pain medication commonly known in generic
form as hydromorphone. At the time of the robbery, Jackson had a knife tucked in the waistband
of his pants which he displayed to pharmacy employees in the course of the robbery. Jackson
left the pharmacy with 250 hydromorphone pills and swallowed them within an hour of
committing the robbery.

In imposing the sentence, the judge stated that he took into account the fact that Jackson
suffers from a chronic disease and was attempting to end his life by ingesting the drugs that he
stole from the pharmacy. Following his incarceration, Jackson will be on federal supervised
release for three years.

The investigation was conducted by the Windham Police Department, the Cumberland
County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Updated January 26, 2015