Man gets 22 years in robbery of pharmacy, bank

A local man who robbed a pharmacy and a bank over the span of 21 days last year was sentenced to 22 years in prison this morning.

Mitchell L. Reeves, 28, of Fruitvale, faced a term between 10 and 25 years under an agreement with the District Attorney’s Office following Reeves’ guilty pleas to aggravated robbery, robbery and a sentence-enhancing charge of committing a crime of violence.

“I wish every day I could take back what I’ve done,” Reeves told District Judge Thomas Deister.

A father of a 2-year-old daughter, Reeves blamed prescription drug addiction and “turning away from the Lord” for what he said was his life’s “spiral out of control.” Reeves had no criminal history prior to May 8, 2009, when he walked into Rite Aid 1834 N 12th St., placed a black handgun on the counter and demanded “all” the store’s Oxycontin, according to an arrest affidavit.

He left with eight bottles, each with 100 tablets of the drug, with a total combined value just over $3,600, the affidavit said.

Separately, Reeves pleaded guilty Tuesday in connection with the May 29, 2009, robbery of Vectra Bank, 2394 F Road. Bank employees identified Reeves as the man who walked up to a teller with “his hands balled up together,” while talking on his cell phone.

“Mam, I need you to give me all your money,” a teller said the man instructed her, according to the affidavit.

While the affidavit doesn’t specify the amount of cash Reeves left with, Reeves on Tuesday was ordered to pay $1,651 in restitution to Vectra Bank.

Read more in Wednesday’s Daily Sentinel.


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