Couple pleads to Davis Pharmacy charges

Couple pleads to Davis Pharmacy charges By David Lias
Plain Talk A couple from Mountain View, AK remain in the Clay County Jail after changing their pleas in connection to a string of offenses they committed last July. Matthew Doolin and Julie Doolin each pleaded guilty before Circuit Court Judge Art Rusch to first degree robbery, false reporting, possession of a controlled substance and aggravated assault. The couple made their appearance before the judge Nov. 14 in a Clay County courtroom. The guilty pleas mean the couple will not face a jury trial, which at one time was scheduled to begin this week. They instead will be sentenced be prison, most likely before next year, after a presentence investigation report is completed. Last July, Matthew Doolin, represented by Public Defender Phillip Peterson, entered an innocent plea to one count each of first-degree robbery, second-degree kidnapping, falsely reporting a threat, aggravated assault and grand theft and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. His second degree kidnapping and grand theft charges were dropped in exchange for his guilty pleas Nov. 14. Julie Doolin also appeared before Rusch last July and entered not guilty pleas to one count each of first-degree robbery, second-degree kidnapping; aiding, abetting or advising the false reporting of a threat; aggravated assault and grand theft; and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. She, too, no longer faces second degree kidnapping and grand theft charges. The original drug and grand-theft charges involve possession of Oxycodone and Xanax, with a value of more than $1,000. Shortly before 9 p.m. July 1, the Vermillion Police Department received a report that a robbery had occurred at the pharmacy. Information that developed during the ensuing investigation indicated one male and one female suspect, both of whom were armed with handguns. The two suspects came into the pharmacy with pistols and tied up two persons with tape, said Tom Lavin, owner of Davis Pharmacy. Lavin said the two suspects wanted only drugs, then fled out the back door. One of the two victims freed himself and called police, who arrived quickly on the scene, Lavin said. The suspects ran to a vehicle parked in the Jonesâ�?�? Food Center parking lot and sped away. The suspects knew what they were looking for when they entered the pharmacy, Lavin said. The investigation ultimately led to a North Sioux City officerâ�?�?s discovery of a vehicle matching the description in the North Sioux City area. Upon the officerâ�?�?s attempt to stop the vehicle, the suspects fled and a pursuit ensued. Union County authorities ultimately stopped the vehicle and apprehended the Doolins. The suspects were held in connection with the robbery as the investigation continued. Each of the common charges that Matthew and Julie Doolin plead guilty to Friday has the following maximum sentence: â�?¢ First-degree robbery, a Class 2 felony, 25 years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary and a $50,000 fine. â�?¢ Aggravated assault, a Class 3 felony, 15 years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary and a $30,000 fine. â�?¢ Possession of a controlled substance (two counts), each a Class 4 felony, 10 years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary and a $20,000 fine. Agencies involved in the investigation, in addition to the Vermillion Police Department, included the Clay County Sheriffâ�?�?s Department, Union County Sheriffâ�?�?s Department, Jefferson Police Department, Elk Point Police Department, North Sioux City Police Department and South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks.

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