Birmingham Man Gets 22 Years in Federal Prison for Armed Pharmacy Robberies
BIRMINGHAM—A federal judge today sentenced a Birmingham man to nearly 22 years in prison for two armed robberies of pharmacies in 2014, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Roger C. Stanton.
TOMMY LEON STEWART, 29, pleaded guilty in April to robbing a CVS Pharmacy on Center Point Parkway in Birmingham on Oct. 21, 2014, and a CVS Pharmacy on Highway 75 in Pinson on Oct. 29, 2014. Stewart also pleaded guilty to brandishing a gun during the Pinson robbery. U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre sentenced Stewart to 14 years and 10 months in prison on the robbery counts and to seven years in prison on the gun count, which must be served consecutively to the robbery sentence.
The judge also ordered Stewart to pay $3,043 in restitution to the Pinson pharmacy and $8,300 to the Center Point pharmacy.
According to Stewart’s plea agreement with the government, he entered both CVS stores wearing a fake mustache and beard and demanded money and narcotics at gunpoint. In both robberies, he placed the stolen money and narcotics in a silver bag and crawled through the customer drive-through window to escape.
While climbing out the window at the Pinson pharmacy, Stewart fell, dropping his wallet from his jacket pocket, according to the plea agreement. The wallet contained his identification and a fingerprint lifted from the window glass matched a known print of Stewart’s.
Stewart has seven first-degree robbery cases pending in Jefferson County Circuit Court for other charged pharmacy robberies.
The FBI investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney John B. Felton prosecuted.