campobello man receives life prison sentence for pharmacy robbery by yaofenji



April 13, 2011

        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 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
        Taylor pleaded guilty to his charges at an earlier date and he is in jail awaiting
sentencing. 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.

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