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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Woman gets suspended time for pharmacy theft
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Shea Nicole Hess

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A woman from Southwest Virginia was sentenced Monday to four years in prison with all the time suspended for stealing prescription medications from a Boones Mill pharmacy in November 2012.

Shea Nicole Hess, 19, of Richlands pleaded guilty in July to one count of grand larceny. Two additional charges against her were dismissed as part of her plea agreement, according to prosecutor Robert Deatherage.

The suspended sentence is contingent upon Hess serving three years probation and being of good behavior for eight years, Deatherage said. She was also ordered to pay $3,730 restitution to The Medicine Shoppe in Boones Mill, obtain her GED and have no contact with her codefendants, Marty Dale Smith, 31, of Raven and Jeremy Scott Looney, 29, of Richlands.

On Nov. 6, 2012, a concerned resident noticed a suspicious vehicle at The Medicine Shoppe at 80 Main Street in Boones Mill just after 3 a.m., Deatherage said. The resident provided a vehicle description and a partial license plate number when he reported the incident to police.

An alarm at the pharmacy also alerted the police to the break-in, according to Lt. Todd Maxey with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Smith and Looney smashed the front-door glass with a large rock to gain entry to the pharmacy, and they took numerous containers of prescription medications, Deatherage said.

A blue, four-door sedan, fitting the vehicle description, was located off Crowell's Gap Road by Roanoke County police officers about 15 minutes later, Deatherage said. The suspects had pulled off the road and were attempting to discard the medication bottles.

Smith and Looney both pleaded guilty in July to one count of grand larceny, one count of breaking and entering, and one misdemeanor count of property destruction.

Smith is serving four years and nine months of a 17-year prison sentence, contingent upon four years probation and 20 years of good behavior. He must also pay $3,730 in restitution.

Looney is serving four years and three months of a 17-year sentence. He was also sentenced to four years probation and 20 years of good behavior, and Looney must also pay restitution.

Both men were also ordered to participate in drug treatment during their incarceration.

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