- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - The Latest on sentencing for a Kauai pharmacy robbery (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

The owner of Kapaa Pharmacy says a pharmacist and technician quit their jobs because of the trauma a man caused when he held them up with a BB gun they believed was a deadly firearm.

Kevin Glick says the pharmacist quit pharmacy all together because of the 2015 robbery.

On Tuesday, Walter Mills was sentenced to about six years in federal prison for the crime. Mills acknowledges it was traumatic for the employees when he entered the pharmacy wearing a mask and brandishing what looked like a real firearm.



Glick says he hopes never to hear from Mills again. He says the pharmacy is a small-town, family-owned business.

Prosecutors say Mills stole nearly 2,000 pills including oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine. He must pay back more than $1,000 for the value of the pills.

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10:30 a.m.

A man who says he’s “guilty as sin” of robbing a Kauai pharmacy with a BB gun has been sentenced to about six years in federal prison.

Walter Mills said at his sentencing Tuesday that he knows he traumatized Kapaa Pharmacy employees who believed it was a real firearm.

Mills previously pleaded guilty to robbing the pharmacy last year and sealing nearly 2,000 pills including oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine.

According to a plea agreement, he entered the pharmacy wearing a mask and carrying a BB gun, which he pointed at pharmacy employees.

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson says at least one of the two employees has since quit.

Watson also sentenced Mills to three years of supervised release. Mills must also pay back more than $1,000 for the value of the pills.

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Midnight

A man who pleaded guilty to holding up a Kauai pharmacy with a BB gun and stealing thousands of prescription painkiller pills is being sentenced.

Walter Mills is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Honolulu on Tuesday.

According to a plea agreement, he entered Kapaa Pharmacy last year wearing a mask and carrying a BB gun that looked like a real firearm. The court document says he pointed the BB gun at the pharmacist and stole nearly 2,000 pills of Oxycontin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine and methadone.

He was arrested several days later after he got into a minor accident while driving a rented van.

Mills faces a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and a term of supervised release.

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