TUCSON -- A man who admitting to robbing a series of drugstores in the Tucson area to get a prescription painkiller has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The Arizona Daily Star reports that 57-year-old Robert Federico Gutierrez had pleaded guilty to three armed robbery charges.
Gutierrez told a probation officer he became addicted to oxycodone after hurting his shoulder doing masonry work.
Authorities say Gutierrez handed notes to pharmacy employees demanding drugs and sometimes threatened them with a gun.
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