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Hagerstown man sentenced for CVS robbery

William David McCullough was sentenced to four years in state prison

January 26, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man who robbed a pharmacy last year using a note that claimed he had a weapon was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to four years in state prison.

William David McCullough, 46, of 155 Summit Ave., Apt. 2, pleaded guilty in December to armed robbery in the Aug. 19, 2011, holdup of the CVS on East Wilson Boulevard in Hagerstown.

At the time he entered the plea, Assistant State’s Attorney Michele Hansen told Judge Donald E. Beachley that McCullough, who was not armed, was charged with armed robbery because he presented a note to the pharmacist that claimed he was armed.

The pharmacist told investigators that the note demanded drugs and contained words to the effect that the robber had a gun or would shoot the pharmacist, Hansen said at the time the plea agreement was reached.

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A surveillance photo of the robber was made available to the media, and a neighbor who had driven McCullough to the pharmacy reported it to police, Assistant Public Defender Charles Bailey said after Thursday’s sentencing. The neighbor was unaware that McCullough had committed a robbery, he said.

McCullough had sustained serious injuries in a 2009 accident and “has been in chronic pain since then,” Bailey said.

As a consequence, he became addicted to prescription painkillers and was going through withdrawal because he could not get his physician to prescribe more, Bailey said.

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