Man gets 15 years for drugstore robberies

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- A man who admitted to robbing a series of drugstores in the Tucson area to get a prescription painkillers has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that 57-year-old Robert Federico Gutierrez had pleaded guilty to three armed robbery charges.

Gutierrez told a probation officer he became addicted to Oxycodone after hurting his shoulder doing masonry work.

Authorities say Gutierrez handed notes to pharmacy employees demanding drugs and sometimes threatened them with a gun.