Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced David Lee Dingess, age 27, of Middletown, Delaware, today to 10 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for using, carrying and discharging a firearm during an armed robbery of a pharmacy.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Acting Special Agent in Charge Ashan Benedict of the ATF - Baltimore Field Division; Kent County Sheriff John F. Price IV; and Kent County State's Attorney Robert Strong.
According to Dingess' guilty plea, on May 20, 2010, Dingess entered the Millington Pharmacy, located in Millington, Maryland, pointed a loaded firearm at the pharmacy employees and demanded oxycodone. The pharmacy employees placed the medication in a brown bag, which Dingess took, then fled through the rear exit of the pharmacy. The pharmacist and a delivery man pursued Dingess, who fired his gun before getting into a black Honda Civic and driving away. Dingess was later arrested and identified as the person who had robbed the Millington Pharmacy.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF, Kent County Sheriff's Office, and the Kent County State's Attorney's Office for their work in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys John W. Sippel, Jr. and Debra L. Dwyer, who prosecuted the case.