Judge orders jail in pill theft case

Print Article

SANDPOINT — A pharmacist who succumbed to the occupational hazard of abusing the drugs he was dispensing was ordered Thursday to serve 30 days in jail.

First District Judge Barbara Buchanan also placed Bradley William Owens on three years of supervised probation and ordered him to pay nearly $15,000 in restitution, most of which accounts for the thousands of tablets of prescription medication he pilfered from Sandpoint Super Drug, his former employer.

Owens, 33, was charged last year with burglary, grand theft and felony possession of a controlled substance. The pill thefts occurred from 2010 to 2012, according to charging documents.

 Owens pleaded guilty to the possession charge. In exchange for the plea, the theft and burglary charges were dismissed.

Owens said he became reliant on prescription drugs after taking them to have more energy and to cope with the stress. Owens expressed shame for betraying his employer, disengaging from family and becoming selfish and arrogant as his addiction worsened.

“I’m here today because of the bad choices I made,” said Owens.

Owens’ family members testified that they regretted not connecting his erratic behavior and moods to his secret addiction to stimulants, high-potency painkillers and other prescription drugs.

Owens entered a 90-day inpatient rehabilitation program followed by stringent, five-year sobriety program through the Idaho Physician Recovery Network.

Sandpoint Super Drug estimated that Owens was responsible for taking more than 18,000 doses of prescription medication over the two-year period he was employed at the drugstore.

“Whether he took that many, I highly doubt it,” said Owens’ Sandpoint attorney, Bryce Powell.

Nevertheless, the defense did not contest the restitution amount.

Due to Owens’ lack of a previous criminal record, Bonner County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Shane Greenbank said he did not oppose a suspended prison term or a withheld judgment, which would clear the conviction from his record upon successful completion of probation.

However, Greenbank recommended 30 days in jail due to the scope of the thefts and the betrayal of his employer.

“This was a terrible violation of the trust his employers that spanned two years,” said Greenbank.

Powell argued simply for a withheld judgment, noting that addiction is not an unusual pitfall for a pharmacist, although his client’s situation was unique in that it unfolded as a matter of public record.

Buchanan said the overwhelming majority of felony cases are one way or another connected to addiction.

“I have a responsibility to treat you the same as everybody else,” said Buchanan.

Print Article

Read More News

Fish and Game offering wolf trapping classes

September 24, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Anyone interested in trapping wolves in Idaho must pass a wolf trapping certification program offered by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Two classes are set for Coeur d’Alene this month. The ...

Comments

Read More

Mapping out the forests of North Idaho

September 24, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Allen Scott is a map guy. He likes the feel of the paper under his finger as he follows a contour line on a topographic map. Lines bunched together show steep terrain. He knows that. When he sees li...

Comments

Read More

Couple accused of killing Travis Gillett arraigned Sept. 18

September 24, 2017 at 5:00 am | Western News An Idaho couple was arraigned on Monday, Sept. 18 in Lincoln County 19th Judicial District Court on charges of deliberate homicide, a felony, or in the alternative deliberate homicide by accountabili...

Comments

Read More

Confidence is key for women in aviation

September 24, 2017 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee SANDPOINT — The Golden Age of Aviation was the foundation for pilots today, particularly for women. There were a lot of "firsts," said licensed counselor and aviator Christina Tindle. Ever...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 263-9534
PO Box 159
Sandpoint, ID 83864

©2017 Bonner County Daily Bee Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X