HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Bryan Bowers and William Fisher were accused of being involved in an armed robbery at Medicap Pharmacy last year.
The suspects admitted to stealing painkillers, after pointing a BB gun at the pharmacists. The two men also said they tied up the pharmacist and the pharmacist clerk.
A judge sentenced Bowers to 60 years in prison, although he will only need to serve 20 of them. He faced two counts of abduction and robbery.
The judge gave him more time than normal because he tied up the pharmacist technician.
Bowers' mom cried as the judge read the sentencing. She walked out of the courtroom before everyone else.
Her son apologized for what he did.
Bowers said he deeply regrets what he did every day.
He said he was high when he robbed the pharmacy and jail saved his life because he was to the point of overdosing.
The Commonwealth's Attorney Marsha Garst said the state gave him many chances before when he got in trouble with the law.
She said the two men didn't just steal because they were addicts, but because they were drug dealers.
Bowers admitted they wanted to sell the pain killers.
Garst said keeping Bowers behind bars is a way of keeping the community safe.
She said the victims of the robbery still are afraid after it happened.
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