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Pharmacy robber sentenced to one year in prison

A man who robbed a local pharmacy back in January has plead guilty to robbery.

The would-be robber, now 67 year old George McLeod of Lloydminster, held up the Family Pharmacy in the downtown core on January 5 using a BB gun, taking prescription pain medication from the pharmacist who called police. McLeod was taken into custody without incident, after he was found sitting inside the Lloydminster Legacy Centre by police.

According to details of the case described in court, McLeod was addicted to Oxyneo after being prescribed the painkiller by his doctor. The robbery came about after his doctor revoked the prescription in an effort to wean him off the drug. During his confrontation with the pharmacist, McLeod made no attempt to disguise his identity, and after receiving the medication, he walked across the street and away from the store.

In the wake of the incident, McLeod was facing charges of armed robbery, two counts of possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and using a firearm in the commission of an offense.

 On Tuesday, McLeod appeared in court via CCTV from prison, and received a year in detention as his punishment, with 7 1/2 months credit for time served. He is banned from owning any kind of firearm, and will need to pay a $200 surcharge to Victim Services.
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