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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Louisville Man Charged With Robbing Seven Pharmacies Located In Jefferson County, Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Louisville man was charged today, by a federal grand jury, with robbing seven pharmacies located in Jefferson County, Kentucky, including carrying a firearm during one of the robberies, announced Acting United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

Matthew Williams was charged in an eight count indictment with robbing the pharmacies beginning on September 13, 2013 through January 2, 2014, when he was arrested by Metro Louisville Police.

According to the indictment, Williams allegedly robbed the following pharmacies: the CVS Pharmacy located at 3229 Poplar Level Road, Louisville, Kentucky, by means of  actual and threatened force, violence, and fear of immediate injury to an employee, on September 13, 2013; the Walgreen’s Pharmacy located at 12101 Shelbyville Road in Middletown, by means of  actual and threatened force, violence, and fear of immediate injury to an employee on September 28, 2013,  October 26, 2013,  December 20, 2013, and January 2, 2014. During the alleged robbery on January 2, 2014, Williams is further charged with carrying a firearm. Additional alleged robberies occurred at the CVS Pharmacy located at 13900 Shelbyville Road, in Louisville, on September 29, 2013, and the Walgreen’s Pharmacy located at 2368 Frankfort Avenue, in Louisville, on November 6, 2013.

If convicted at trial, Williams could be sentenced to no more than 20 years for counts 1-7, and no less than 5 years for count 8.  Further, Williams could be required to pay a fine of $2,000,000 and  serve a period of supervised release. Kentucky Circuit Court charges against Williams will be dismissed in lieu of the federal charges taken today.

This federal prosecution stems from “Project Recoil,” the ongoing partnership of multiple law enforcement agencies, developed by The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky, to maximize penalties for the most violent repeat offenders, and to reduce violent crime in our community.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas W. Dyke, and is being investigated by the Louisville Metro Police Department.

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The indictment of a person by a Grand Jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Updated April 22, 2015