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Spokane Valley man sentenced for robbery spree across four states

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Brian Lindsey's mugshot (PHOTO: Kootenai County Sheriff's Office) Brian Lindsey's mugshot (PHOTO: Kootenai County Sheriff's Office)
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

A Spokane Valley man who robbed pharmacies in North Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Washington to feed his drug addition was sentenced to 97 months in prison Tuesday.

Brian James Lindsey was also ordered to pay $15,969 in restitution and serves three years of supervised release following his release from prison. Lindsey pleaded guilty in July.

According to court documents, Lindsey began a robbery spree in October 2014, in North Dakota and continued to commit robberies in three other states, including a Walgreens in Coeur d'Alene. Lindsey committed the robberies to feed his addiction to controlled substances. He often demanded specific drugs from the pharmacies he robbed. Each person robbed by Lindsey was threatened, and pharmacists in the area were on high alert during the time Lindsey was engaged in his robberies.

"The abuse and addiction of controlled substances is not a victimless crime," said U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson in a release. "Prescription drug addiction is a very serious crime. I commend the collaborative efforts of all law enforcement in all four states who helped stop Lindsey."

The case was investigated by state, federal and local law enforcement in North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, and Spokane. 

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