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Straker sentenced to 3 years for Toronto pharmacy robbery

Updated: Tuesday, July 1 2014, 12:53 PM EDT

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio – Ryan Straker, convicted last week in a 5-year-old case of an armed robbery at a Jefferson County Pharmacy, received the minimum sentence of 3 years Tuesday inside a Jefferson County Courtroom.
DNA evidence helped a jury find Straker guilty of aggravated robbery in connection to the 2009 incident at the Toronto Apothecary Pharmacy.
On Tuesday, information what's happened with Straker in the years leading up to and since the crime became public. Straker’s mother shared his struggled with drugs in hopes the judge would consider long term treatment rather than prison.
Straker’s mother told the court her son started taking prescription pills at as a young teen after a neighbor got him addicted to OxyContin.
“I don't blame him for Ryan’s actions since Ryan became an adult, but you try to protect your children,” Christine Straker said.
She went on to say that Ryan has been in and out of various treatment programs in Pittsburgh and Wheeling.
“It wasn't my son back in 2009, but I noticed a change in Ryan recently when he started working,” Christine said. “A lot of these addicts don't work so they're going to do something wrong to get stuff.”
Defense attorney Steven Stickels told Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson that since the crime, and while this case was pending, Straker got his commercial Driver’s license, heavy equipment training, and a job.
"We have a chance here to turn him into what we try to turn all defendants into -- meaningful members of society," Stickles said.
But Henderson could not deny that a crime was committed, and said while no physical harm occurred, witnesses to the crime still suffered.
“The weapon was never recovered,” Henderson said. “There as testimony as to it looked like a regular firearm, someone else said you told them it was a BB gun. What it was, I don't' know. All I know is it looked like a real gun to me and to the pharmacist as well.”
In the end, Henderson agreed that Straker has made progress but asked him to not lose sight of that as he serves time behind bars.
Straker left the courtroom to begin serving his 3 years, but it's important to note, he will be eligible for judicial release after 180 days.
Henderson also mentioned that he would not be opposed to Straker’s participation in early release programs during this prison sentence.

Straker sentenced to 3 years for Toronto pharmacy robbery


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