Campobello Man Receives Life Prison Sentence for Pharmacy Robbery
A Campobello man received a life prison sentence without parole today after a jury determined he robbed a Boiling Springs pharmacy at gunpoint.
Marion Earl Stewart, 34, of Campobello was found guilty of armed robbery and kidnapping at the conclusion of a three-day jury trial. Circuit Judge Roger Couch sentenced Stewart in accordance with the state’s 2-strike/3-strike law for repeat violent offenders. The defendant’s prior criminal record included a 1995 conviction for armed robbery and 5 counts of common-law robbery and a 2007 conviction for second-degree burglary.
Stewart robbed RX Care on Oct. 14, 2009. He wore a black ski mask, an orange coat and camouflage gloves when he entered the business about 10:15 a.m. and demanded items in the store safe. Stewart used a black handgun to threaten three employees of the business while they opened the safe and placed a large amount of medication in a garbage bag. After taking possession of the drugs, Stewart made the store employees lay on the floor of a nearby bathroom. Stewart told the employees they risked getting shot by a second gunman outside the store if they tried to call police. Stewart fled through a back door of the business.
The pharmacy’s surveillance cameras recorded the robbery.
Spartanburg County sheriff’s deputies utilized a tip from a confidential informant to identify Stewart, Grady Dale Taylor, 38, and Lee Ann Nichols, 41, as suspects in the hold-up. Some of the stolen drugs were found hidden at a location off Ghost Valley Road. Taylor told deputies that Stewart carried out the robbery in the pharmacy while Nichols drove the getaway car. Stewart and Taylor hid the drugs in the aftermath of the robbery.
Taylor pleaded guilty to his charges at an earlier date and he is in jail awaiting sentencing. He testified during Stewart’s trial. An armed robbery charge is still pending on Nichols.
Solicitor Barry Barnette and Assistant Solicitor Wes Boyd prosecuted the case.
“We are glad to bring closure to the employees who worked in the pharmacy,” Solicitor Barnette said. “Justice was served.”
For more information, contact Murray Glenn at 809-4892.