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Press Release: People v. Williams, Pierre Jovan, 8/7/09

August 07, 2009

Bradford R. Fenocchio

District Attorney



10810 Justice Center Drive, Suite 240

Roseville, California 95678

916 543-8000




For Immediate Release

Date: August 7, 2009                        



                        Art Campos

                        Public Information Officer

                        916 543-8076

                        Scott Owens

                        Assistant District Attorney

                        916 543-8000





            A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to three years in state prison by a Placer Countyjudge after pleading no contest to a robbery in which he took $5,000 worth of the prescription painkilling drug OxyContin.

            Pierre Jovan Williams, who also pleaded no contest to battery on a correctional officer, received the sentence July 30 from Superior Court Judge Colleen Nichols.

            Prosecutor Jeff Wilson of the Placer County District Attorney’s Office said in a sentencing memorandum that Williams fled with 10 bottles of OxyContin during the March 18, 2008, robbery of Walgreens on Douglas Boulevardin Roseville.

            Wearing a hooded sweatshirt and holding something in his pocket, the robber twice whispered to a pharmacist, “I have a gun. Give me everything,” according to Wilson’s memorandum.

            The robbery occurred during a period when at least six other stores or pharmacies in Sacramento, El Doradoand Placer counties were hit by a robber who took OxyContin, Wilsonwrote.

An informant disclosed Williams’ name to a Folsom police detective, leading to an investigation and the arrest of Williams, Wilsonwrote.

            While in the PlacerCountyjail, Williams fought with an inmate and with a correctional officer, resulting in the charge of battery, Wilsonsaid.

            The prosecutor said arrest warrants have been issued against Williams for similar robberies involving the taking of OxyContin in other jurisdictions.

            “The robbing of stores for drugs is a crime that has been on the increase,” Wilsonsaid. “What is clear from the sentencing just given in Placer Countyis that if you rob a store or pharmacy to obtain drugs, you will go to prison.”