A Clyde man was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday for robbing the Magruder Hospital Pharmacy at gunpoint earlier this year.
Joshua Trapp, 35, who pleaded guilty last month to aggravated robbery, was sentenced by Ottawa County Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters for the single first-degree felony charge, which carried a maximum possible sentence of 11 years.
Trapp entered the hospital's pharmacy on the afternoon of Feb. 6 dressed entirely in camouflage, pointed a semi-automatic pistol at employees, and demanded prescription pain pills. He fled after his demands were met.
With the suspect at large, armed and dangerous, the hospital and local schools were placed on lockdown as numerous law enforcement agencies and first responders began a manhunt.
“This had a huge impact on not only those people in the pharmacy, but an impact on the community as a whole,” Winters said.
Winters said two of the four employees present during the robbery have resigned since the robbery.
The judge also noted that parents and students of the nearby schools were terrified during the incident.
911 call reports armed robbery at Magruder Hospital pharmacy
An employee of the pharmacy at Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton called 911 and described an armed robbery that had just taken place to a police dispatcher on Tuesday, Feb. 6.
Trapp and Clark Sams, Sr., 46, of Oak Harbor, who was accused of complicity to the robbery and driving the getaway vehicle, were caught and arrested on Feb. 8, two days after the robbery.
Sams is facing charges of complicity to commit aggravated robbery and complicity to theft of drugs, along with charges of inducing panic and tampering with evidence. He is scheduled for trial on Sept. 25 in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court.
“(Trapp) was partly talked into it by an older man,” said Trapp’s defense attorney, Russell Leffler, referencing Sams. “(Trapp) was living with (Sams) and not paying rent and they needed their drugs and they came up with this crazy plan to do this thing. I know he knows he messed up very seriously.”
Leffler noted Trapp’s lack of prior criminal record, other than an offense for driving under suspension. Trapp stated in court during his sentencing hearing that he has been dealing with drug addiction for years.
“I can’t really explain why we did it and why it happened, but I’m sorry,” Trapp said.
Trapp was given credit for 169 days served and will be subject to five years of post-release control, or parole.
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