BRENTWOOD — A Londonderry man was sentenced to three to six years in state prison on Tuesday for robbing a CVS store in Derry of more than 900 pills worth more than $10,000 after threatening three employees at gunpoint.
Edward Hewitt, 19, pleaded guilty to three counts of felony robbery and a single count of theft by unauthorized taking on Tuesday afternoon in Rockingham County Superior Court.
The plea deal allowed him to avoid a potential maximum prison sentence of 7½ to 15 years behind bars and a $4,000 fine.
Hewitt will have to repay the store $10,134 in court-ordered restitution because the prescription pills were never recovered, according to prosecutors. The robbery happened Sept. 16, 2013, at a CVS store that is open 24 hours a day.
Hewitt walked into the CVS store at 3 a.m. and pointed a black handgun at a store clerk, directing him toward the pharmacy at the rear of the store, according to Assistant County Attorney Brad Bolton.
Hewitt, disguising his appearance with a dark hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses, ordered a pharmacist and another employee working in the back of the store to load up a bag with a variety of prescription pills.
Bolton said the bag contained 918 pills, worth more than $10,000. Derry police arrested Hewitt about a month after the robbery when they learned of his identity through confidential informants, according to Bolton.
A search warrant executed at Hewitt’s home in Londonderry yielded clothing used in the robbery along with a Daisy pellet gun, Bolton told the judge.
Hewitt is serving concurrent three- to six-year prison terms on the robbery charges.
He received a suspended three- to six-year prison term on the felony theft charge, which prosecutors can seek to impose within the next 10 years. Hewitt was ordered to undergo all counseling and treatment deemed appropriate by corrections officials and to have no contact with the three victims in the case.