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Man who robbed Jarrettsville Pharmacy with fake gun, fled on ATV, gets 29 years in prison

Lee Roy Peters Jr. of Jarrettsville was sentenced to 29 years in jail for robbing Jarrettsville Pharmacy in June and violating his probation from prior convictions.
Lee Roy Peters Jr. of Jarrettsville was sentenced to 29 years in jail for robbing Jarrettsville Pharmacy in June and violating his probation from prior convictions. (Courtesy Harford County Sheriff's Office)

A Jarrettsville man, who robbed the Jarrettsville Pharmacy of prescription drugs this summer using a replica air gun and then crashed the ATV he fled on, was sentenced Tuesday to 29 years in prison, the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office said.

Lee Roy Peters Jr., 41, of the 1800 block of Trout Farm Road, pleaded guilty on Oct. 5 to one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

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Peters was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison, the Harford County State’s Attorney Office said in a news release. A consecutive six-year term was added for assaulting a bystander to the robbery.

Peters also admitted to violating his probation from convictions in three prior cases and received an additional eight years, 11 months and five days in jail consecutive to the robbery and assault sentences.

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On June 10, Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an armed robbery at the pharmacy, in the 3700 block of Norrisville Road. Peters had entered the pharmacy at closing time and displayed what appeared to be a handgun, police said. He threatened the pharmacist on duty and demanded oxycodone and benzodiazepines.

The pharmacist complied and Peters fled after shoving a bystander into a display rack on his way out.

A regular customer of the pharmacy, Gerald Drega, had witnessed Peters enter the store with two masks on and followed him into the store believing a robbery was about to take place and called 911.

Peters was apprehended approximately a quarter-mile away from the pharmacy after crashing his four-wheeler and after a witness assisted law enforcement by identifying his direction of flight.

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The firearm that was recovered was an Airsoft gun, a low-velocity air-powered replica gun that can fire non-mettalic plastic or foam pellets, according to the manufacturer.

Peters stole 1,963 Oxycodone pills with acetaminophen; they had an estimated value of $650, police said.

At sentencing, the pharmacist Peters held up told Harford County Circuit Court Judge Angela M. Eaves indicating that her family now worries when she closes the pharmacy and she is less trusting of patients who are buying narcotic pills and syringes.

“Our county owes Mr. Drega a debt of gratitude for recognizing that something wasn’t right and taking measures to protect the women he knew,” Senior Assistant State’s Attorney David Ryden told the judge.

In seeking the lengthy sentence, Ryden said Peters had “squandered a prior opportunity” for long-term drug treatment in the probation cases by absconding from the treatment that the court had ordered over the state’s vehement objection in 2016.

Ryden, according to the news release, also said the sentence should serve as a deterrent not only to Peters but to other prisoners with whom he can share the message that this is how violent crime is treated in Harford County.

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