Final 2 defendants sentenced in pharmacy robberies

The final two of eight defendants were sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Dayton for their roles in pharmacy robberies throughout southwest Ohio.
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The final two of eight defendants were sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Dayton for their roles in pharmacy robberies throughout southwest Ohio.

The final two of eight defendants were sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Dayton for their roles in pharmacy robberies throughout southwest Ohio.

Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas A. Rose sentenced Tiwonne Montgomery, 22, of Dayton, to 51 months in prison and Martez Henderson, 21, of Dayton, to 14 months in prison. Montgomery’s sentence will be served concurrently with a state sentence for a separate pharmacy robbery.

The pharmacies were robbed in Beavercreek, Cincinnati, Dayton, Fairfield, Franklin, Hamilton, Kettering, Middletown, Moraine, Oakwood, Trotwood, Union Twp., Vandalia, Westerville, Vandalia and Union Twp.

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Benjamin C. Glassman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Angela Byers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cincinnati and Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw announced the sentences handed down today.

In May 2017, a federal grand jury returned indictments charging individuals with robbing two Middletown pharmacies and stealing prescription drugs including morphine, oxycodone and hydrocodone for the purpose of selling the drugs on the street.

The grand jury charged two Dayton men, Calvin Cavonte Tribble and Savon Anthony Davis, with attempted robbery of a pharmacy in Middletown on April 18, 2017, and robbing the pharmacy on April 19. Tribble and Davis were each sentenced to 16 months in prison.

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In July, a 10-count superseding indictment added six defendants who also allegedly conspired to rob pharmacies between March and June 2017 in Beavercreek, Cincinnati, Dayton, Fairfield, Franklin, Hamilton, Kettering, Middletown, Moraine, Oakwood, Trotwood, Union Twp., Vandalia, Westerville, Vandalia and Union Twp.

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It was part of the alleged conspiracy that defendants would approach the pharmacy counter at CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Best Pharmacy locations as if to turn in a prescription to be filled. In actuality, the slip of paper included a note that this was an armed robbery and the pharmacist would be harmed if they did not comply. The note demanded pharmacy employees to fill two bags with a list of controlled substances identified by name, amount and prescription dosage.

Those charged in the superseding indictment include Henderson; Montgomery; Kenneth Evans, Jr., who was sentenced to 42 months in prison; Brandon Freeman, who was sentenced to 27 months in prison; David Harris, who was sentenced to 20 months in prison and Jamar Warren, who was sentenced to 54 months in prison.

Middletown police worked with the FBI and federal prosecutors in the case.