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May 25, 2012

Man sentenced in Bel Air pharmacy robbery

— CUMBERLAND — A 21-year-old man charged in a 2011 drug store robbery faces the possibility of a long time in prison despite a sentence of one year and one day to serve in a Maryland prison. Dulin Jimmy Mayhew could face as many as 17 years for violation of a probation that originated in Virginia, said Assistant State’s Attorney Sam Lane.

Mayhew pleaded guilty and was sentenced on a single count of conspiracy to commit robbery by Allegany County Circuit Judge Timothy Finan on Friday.

When the judge asked Mayhew if he wanted to say anything, Mayhew took the judge up on the offer.

“I would like to apologize to everybody who was affected by this incident,” Mayhew said. He was sentenced to eight years in prison, with all of the sentence suspended except for one year and one day. He will also be on probation for five years, Finan said.

Prosecutors dismissed the other charges against him as part of a plea agreement.

Mayhew essentially “acted as a lookout” for his brother during a robbery of Steve’s Pharmacy at Bel Air Plaza on Oct. 27. His brother, Stephen, pleaded guilty to robbery March 14 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with seven of those years suspended, leaving eight years of actual prison time and five years’ probation. Stephen also faces charges in West Virginia, Lane said.

Mayhew also faces robbery charges in West Virginia, Lane said. A detainer has been lodged against Mayhew from West Virginia, which means that upon completion of his sentence in Maryland, he could be extradited to West Virginia for trial there. Mayhew was living in North Carolina and being supervised there for his Virginia convictions. According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety website, Mayhew was serving probation for felony burglary convictions out of Virginia. The total supervised term in North Carolina was set for five years and 21 days.

Lane explained the rationale behind the plea deal to the judge.

“I have spoken to the victims in this case and they do agree that this is an appropriate resolution,” Lane said.

Mayhew’s attorney, Kelly Clark, said Mayhew was in Allegany County visiting his father.

Maryland State Police said one suspect entered the Bel Air store, displayed a handgun and demanded drugs while a second suspect stood outside the business acting as a lookout.

The suspects then ran from the area with an unspecified amount of medications and were last seen running away from U.S. Route 220 past several businesses in the plaza.

Video surveillance re-viewed by C3I showed a second suspect who remained outside the business acting as a lookout.

In West Virginia, the brothers were indicted in January for the armed robbery of the CVS Pharmacy at Keyser, in which their father, 49-year-old Stephen Lee Mayhew, is also charged. Dulin Mayhew’s last known address was Ashland, Va., and the last known address for Stephen Mayhew Jr. was Goochland, Va. The Mayhews were caught in Henrico County, Va., and ex-tradited to Maryland.

 Contact Matthew Bieniek at mbieniek@times-news.com.

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