NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A New Orleans man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to robbing a Gretna pharmacy.
Royal Stevens, 40, pleaded guilty to four counts of armed robbery with a firearm, as there were four victims in the business when he committed the crime. Investigators say he and another masked gunman entered the pharmacy in the 500 block of Lafayette Street around 5:25 p.m., on May 15, 2015. The Jefferson Parish District Attorney says both men drew their guns and one yelled, 'This is a hold-up! Give me all the money and the drugs!'
Investigators say the pair then ordered employees to fill boxes with hydrocodone, oxycodone and other prescription medications. Stevens ordered employees into the restroom and told them to wait there until the robbery was over.
Detectives believe Stevens cased the pharmacy the day before the robbery. Security images helped detectives identify Stevens as one of the robbers. The Gretna Police Department located a bag of stolen narcotics at his apartment.
Stevens was sentenced to 40 years for each of the four victims. He will serve the sentences concurrently. Stevens will not receive the benefit of probation, parole or a suspension of sentence.