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Published: Tuesday, 2/28/2006

Toledoan gets 2 years in nursing home drug theft

BOWLING GREEN A Toledo man was sentenced yesterday to two years in prison for his role in the theft of drugs from a Perrysburg Township nursing home.

Thomas Watkins, 45, of 2914 Holyoke Drive, entered an Alford plea to a charge of complicity to robbery, a second-degree felony. In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit guilt but admits sufficient evidence of guilt exists to convince a judge or jury. Charges of complicity to theft of drugs and to kidnapping were dismissed.

Wood County Common Pleas Judge Alan Mayberry could have sentenced Watkins to up to eight years in prison.

Watkins is the third Toledoan sentenced in the June 25 robbery at Harborside Health Care-Perrysburg on Starbright Boulevard, in which police said robbers threatened a nurse with a gun and stole prescription drugs.

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