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Grove City man gets 48 months for pharmacy robbery


WILLMAR -- James Howard Stellman, 50, of Grove City, was sentenced to 48 months in prison Thursday for robbing the Willmar Prescription Center of numerous types of pain medication last August.

As part of his sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court, Stellman was ordered to pay a $50 fine and $1,446.64 in restitution from his prison earnings. He was given credit for 39 days already served.

Stellman was found guilty of first-degree ag-gravated robbery, terroristic threats and theft on June 17 after a two-day jury trial.

He was arrested by a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy shortly after the Willmar Police Department received a report around 5:40 p.m. Aug. 14 that the Prescription Center had been robbed.

A pharmacy employee had given a description of Stellman and his vehicle, which was located near the intersection of County Roads 8 and 23.

Officers later executed a search warrant on the vehicle and found a 9mm handgun, hat, sunglasses and a white pharmacy bag containing bottles and boxes of Oxycodone or hydrocodone pills and Fentanyl patches.

The pharmacy employee had told police that a tall, thin white male had entered the pharmacy when no one else was present.

The man was wearing medical gauze over his nose, sunglasses and a large-brim canvas hat pulled down low. The man pulled up the front of his shirt to reveal a pistol and demanded pain medication including those marketed under the brand names of OxyContin, Fentanyl and Vicodin.

The employee also said that Stellman threatened that if the employee called police within 10 minutes of his leaving, he would have his brother hunt the employee down and kill him.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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