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Man who robbed pharmacy for treatment sentenced

The man who robbed Irsfeld Pharmacy in June in an attempt to get treatment for drug and alcohol abuse attained his goal Tuesday at a hearing at the Stark County Courthouse in Dickinson.

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Joshua Hunt, 31, was sentenced to three years imprisonment, with 18 months suspended and credit for time served, in a plea agreement with Stark County State’s Attorney Tom Henning. The agreement was approved by Southwest District Judge Dann Greenwood.

“My primary concern is that he receive the appropriate treatment that he very badly needs,” Henning said. “In order to accomplish that, it’s necessary under our current system to have him placed in a secure environment.”

In the agreement, Hunt was sentenced on one of the three counts against him — a Class B felony robbery. The other two, a Class C felony theft of property and Class A misdemeanor theft of property, were dismissed.

“The court does recommend that Mr. Hunt receive mental health and/or drug and alcohol treatment while confined,” Greenwood said. “It is both desired and needed.”

The maximum penalty for a Class B felony is 10 years imprisonment, a fine of $20,000 or both.

In his robbery of Irsfeld Pharmacy on the afternoon of June 12, Hunt used a note stating his son was in a van with a strange man that wanted oxycontin, and both he and his son would be safe if the clerk gave him the opiate-based painkiller.

There was no man or son outside the pharmacy. Hunt acted alone.

Hunt was found the next morning at Tiger Discount. He had left his driver’s license at the pharmacy with the intent of being found.

At a September court date, Dickinson Police Department Detective Terry Oestreich testified that Hunt had told police self-imposed treatment had failed to work in the past and he wanted a stricter treatment course.

Katherine Grandstrand
I graduated from Bemidji State University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in mass communcations, from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a master's degree in journalism.  
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