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Man to serve seven years for pharmacy robbery

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William Ray Gosney

A 58-year-old man was sentenced to seven years in prison Tuesday in connection with a March 3 pharmacy robbery.

Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge James H. Chamblin sentenced William Ray Gosney, 58, of no fixed address, to an active seven years in prison with an additional seven years suspended, conditioned upon good behavior and his successful completion of 10 years of supervised probation.

Gosney was charged with one count of robbery of a business.

According to reports, on the morning of March 3, Gosney gave a hand written note to the pharmacy clerk at Rite Aid in Sterling, which said he had a gun. He demanded the clerk provide him with Oxycontin and money.

The clerk complied and gave Gosney five bottles of Oxycontin. He picked up all the bottles, but dropped one before turning and leaving the store. Gosney left the store with approximately 239 pills before the clerk had the opportunity to give him any money.

Gosney was previously convicted of a similar robbery offense in Fairfax County where he served approximately six months. He was released from jail the day before the March 3 robbery in Loudoun County. He now faces a probation violation hearing in Fairfax County Circuit Court where four years and six months of previously suspended time may be re-imposed as a result of his Loudoun County robbery conviction.

Comments

“...you’ve done it again.
This boy don’t need a job, he needs a year in the pen.
It ain’t just a question of misunderstood;
Deep down inside him, he’s no good!”


He needs help AND prison.  Addiction or no addiction, he committed a felony - he threatened someone with bodily harm, using a note.  There is a victim here; that could have been my daughter or your son behind the counter, having to deal with this. In life, there are consequences.  Another round of prison may help him on his overcoming this demon.


“He picked up all the bottles, but dropped one before turning and leaving the store. Gosney left the store with approximately 239 pills before the clerk had the opportunity to give him any money.”

I get it that he’s a repeat offender, but for similar crimes. Nowhere did I see that he was offered any help for his addiction. This guy needs help, not prison.

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