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Man gets three years in Spotsy pharmacy robbery



Date published: 1/16/2013

BY KEITH EPPS

A man who robbed a pharmacy technician last year after she refused to fill a bogus prescription was ordered Tuesday to serve 3 years in prison.

Jason Daniel Elliott, 32, of Spotsylvania had received a life sentence in Spotsylvania Circuit Court, but Judge David Beck suspended all but the 3 years. Elliott was convicted of robbery in October.

According to the evidence, Elliott entered the Walgreens pharmacy at 10600 Rollingwood Drive on Jan. 19, 2012, and tried to fill a prescription for a controlled substance. He handed the technician valid photo identification as part of the process.

The technician, Marci Zacheri, determined that the prescription was invalid and informed Elliott that she would not fill it.

Elliott responded by jumping over the counter and threatening to use a knife on Zacheri if she didn't open the narcotics cabinet. Elliott never displayed a knife, but the technician was frightened enough to open the cabinet.

Elliott took all of the oxycodone in the store--49 bottles, each containing 100 30-milligram pills--and left the store after placing the bottles in a bag.

The defendant drove away in a pink Honda and was apprehended a short time later and brought back to the scene. He told Detective Ed Lunsford that he'd "lost it" because "the [expletive] pissed me off" by not filling the prescription.

He then told police that he was addicted to opiates and gets physically ill when he is unable to obtain them.

Defense attorney Eugene Frost pleaded for leniency, saying Elliott's desperate addiction to prescription pain medication caused him to do something he never would have done otherwise.

Frost called the case a "glorified prescription fraud case" and pointed out that Elliott didn't try to hurt the technician.

Prosecutor Matt Lowery agreed that Elliott has a significant drug problem, but he said that was "an explanation, not an excuse" and that Elliott deserved to be punished harshly.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404
Email: kepps@freelancestar.com