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Revilla sentenced to 15 years for pharmacy robbery

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Revilla sentenced to 15 years for pharmacy robbery
On October 21st, Brian Stephen Revilla was sentenced to 15 years in prison in a case of aggravated robbery. The sentence was assessed by Judge Timothy Boswell of the 402nd Judicial District Curt of Wood County.
On September 6th this year, Revilla, 28, pled guilty to aggravated robbery for the robbery of Bell's Pharmacy in Winnsboro on October 16th, 2009.
The Wood County District Attorney's Office presented the following evidence. During the sentencing hearing on the 21st, the Judge heard testimony from a 68-year-old victim from Shelby County, Texas. The victim testified that Revilla had come to his house in Shelby County at 1:30 a.m. on the morning of October 16th, 2009.
Revilla convinced the victim that he needed a ride due to car trouble. The victim drove while Revilla led him down a dark washed-out road where the victim was confronted with a handgun.
The victim was then pulled out on the ground and Revilla taped his legs behind him and also placed duct tape over his mouth. Revilla then stole the victim's wallet and his Ford van.
Revilla then made his way through East Texas and used stolen credit cards and debit cards to make numerous transactions. . He arrived in Winnsboro and, armed with a knife, he robbed Bell's Pharmacy at approximately 2 p.m.
Testimony was also heard from a young clerk who was held at knifepoint in the pharmacy. The victim related how she feared for her life, while the suspect stood behind her holding a large knife to her throat. She told how the robber ordered her and the other clerk to lie face-down on the floor while he demanded oxycontin. When he was given the oxycontin, Revilla fled from Winnsboro in the stolen van.
The Winnsboro Police Department issued an alert to all law enforcement in surrounding counties. The suspect was apprehended in Franklin County.
The defendant's attorney blamed his client's crimes on a bad back and an addiction to pain killers. No medical testimony was received by the court.
According to Jim Wheeler, the Wood County district attorney, Revilla will not likely be eligible for parole for seven and a half years. The victims in the case, according to the district attorney's office, were disappointed with the sentence. However, the Winnsboro Police dept. was commended for having Revilla in custody within 90 minutes of the pharmacy robbery. He had apparently been arrested over one dozen times previously.