(Lander, Wyo.) – Andrew Paxson, 34, of Lander has received a deferred prosecution and supervised probation after pleading guilty this afternoon to taking prescription medication from the pharmacy he managed earlier this year.
In April, Paxson was arrested in Lander after he reportedly took about $4,700 in medication that were in his trust at the Shopko Pharmacy. During his joint arraignment and sentencing, he said among the medication he took was morphine, adderall, and amphetamine salts. He told the court that he stole the medications for his own use.
Paxson was charged with Larceny by Bailee and Possession of a Controlled Substance. The felony larceny charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or $10,000 in fines. The misdemeanor possession charge is punishable by up to 12 months in jail or $1,000 in fines.
Per the plea agreement, Paxson will not receive a felony conviction if he successfully completes five years of supervised probation, including residential substance abuse treatment. For the possession charge, he received a 180 jail sentence that was suspended for three years of supervised probation to run at the same time as the other probation sentence.
Judge Norman E. Young asked Paxson the status of his pharmacist license. Paxson said he voluntarily relinquished it and will have the ability to reapply in a year.
Noting Paxson’s high level of education, Young said he is in a good position for recovery and moving on with his life than others in his position.
“I wish you good luck but don’t mess up,” Young said.
Read background on the case here.