Pharmacy robber sentenced to prison By David Lias
Plain Talk An Arkansas woman who acted as an accomplice in the armed robbery of Davis Pharmacy in Vermillion last summer received a 20 year prison sentence from Circuit Court Judge Arthur Rusch Jan. 29. Julie Doolin of Mountain View, AK was given credit for the 211 days sheâ�?�?s been incarcerated in the Clay County Jail since her arrest last July. Another three years of her sentence will be suspended if she abides by the following requirements ordered by the court: â�?¢ Being under the supervision of the board of pardons and paroles. â�?¢ Obeying all federal, state and local laws. â�?¢ No consumption of alcohol beverages or controlled substances. â�?¢ Being subject to random search and seizure by parole or law enforcement officers. â�?¢ Payment of all fines, costs and restitution ordered by the court. â�?¢ Cooperation with all drug treatment available while incarcerated and with a halfway house after her release. â�?¢ Unless attending an educational or training program, she must work regularly at a lawful occupation. â�?¢ She may not own or possess any firearms and may not obtain a permit for a concealed weapon. â�?¢ He shall repay the county for all court-appointed attorney fees. â�?¢ He shall repay the state of South Dakota for the costs of his prosecution. Doolin had originally entered not guilty pleas last July 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. Last November, she changed her pleas to guilty on most of the counts listed above. In exchange, the second degree kidnapping and grand theft charges were dropped, and her jury trial was canceled. 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 â�?�? Julie Doolin and her husband, Matthew Doolin, 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. 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. The robbery charge also carries probation for a term of 15 years. She will serve her prison sentence on this charge consecutively to the sentences imposes on counts of false reporting, possession of a controlled substance, and aggravated assault. On the false reporting charge, Doolin was sentenced to a suspended one year prison sentence; for possession of a controlled substance, she was sentenced to a suspended two year prison sentence, and for the aggravated assault charge, she was sentence to a suspended 10 year prison sentence. On each of these three counts, she was placed on 15 years probation. She was also ordered to make restitution to Pharmacists Mutual ($2,940), Davis Pharmacy ($500 and $205), Sanford Vermillion Hospital ($972) and Claims Associates ($321). She must also pay the county for court appointed attorneyâ�?�?s fees, and the state for costs of prosecution. The South Dakota Department of Corrections (DOC) has requested that Doolin enter a dual diagnosis program for drug counseling. She has been ordered to comply with that request. The DOC also requested that Julie Doolin not have contact with her co-defendant and husband Matthew Doolin, except to file needed legal papers. She has indicated that she will be pursuing a divorce. �?
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