April 22, 2010 in City

Woman admits pharmacy robbery

The Spokesman-Review
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A woman arrested in a gunpoint OxyContin robbery at a Spokane pharmacy last fall faces up to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty Monday.

Ariel A. Arrieta, 21, will be sentenced in August for conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, said her lawyer, Chris Phelps.

Arrieta and three men were charged for the Sept. 27 holdup at Rite Aid, 5520 N. Division St.

Arrieta robbed the pharmacy; police say her then-boyfriend, Benjamin K. Rasmussen, 19, joined Arrieta, Jed L. Boles, 32, and William E. Higgins, 22, as they drove to the store, then shared the pills.

Rasmussen recently pleaded not guilty to a first-degree robbery charge and is not in jail.

Arrieta has been in jail since her arrest Oct 13.

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