A Kimper man who pleaded guilty to two separate robberies which occurred in November in Pike County was sentenced in Pike Circuit Court Friday to serve two concurrent 10-year sentences in prison.
Timothy Mark Damron, 47, of Coleman Road, Kimper, was indicted in January for the Nov. 28 armed robbery of the Total Pharmacy Care at South Williamson and the Nov. 30 armed robbery of the Double Kwik convenience store at Justiceville. He was charged with one count of first-degree robbery in each indictment.
At Total Pharmacy Care, witnesses reported the suspect entered with a handgun, wearing a white “Scream” mask and demanded prescription medication, Pike Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Bartley said at the time. But, at Double Kwik, witnesses reported to troopers the suspect entered with a shotgun, a completely different type of mask and demanded cash and cigarettes, Bartley said.
“Two troopers (Kentucky State Police troopers Hoyt Smith and Matt Martin) were working the cases, but, what tied them together was the getaway vehicle,” Bartley said previously.
During the robberies, Bartley said, Damron covered up the license plate, but locals had seen that type of vehicle, with Arizona plates, in the areas. The troopers, independently, suspected a rental car had been used in the robberies and contacted a local company. That company was able to confirm that Damron had rented this type of vehicle recently and the troopers retrieved his information from documents, Bartley said.
During a ahearing in June, Bartley said further investigation had determined the “handgun” used in the first robbery, the pharmacy, “may have been, in fact, a toy gun.”
With that information, Bartley moved to amend the charge from first-degree robbery to second-degree robbery, a non-violent offense which carries a parole eligibility of 20 percent of total time to be served. The other indictment was to remain unchanged and a third potential case was to be dropped per the plea agreement.
At the time of Damron’s plea, Bartley recommended sentences of 10 years for each count, to run concurrently for a total of 10 years, with the remaining first-degree robbery charge carrying an 85 percent of total time to be served for parole eligibility.
Damron’s defense attorney Sid Trivette told the court, he “believes” the Department of Corrections will “honor” the 20 percent parole eligibility since the two sentences run concurrently.
At sentencing Friday, Trivette reiterated that stance and also made a request that the DOC perform a medical evaluation of Damron when Damron is taken to a state facility for service of his sentence.
Damron received 243 days of jail credit in the case and was returned to the custody of the Pike County Detention Center after sentencing.