A Greenville man is facing a sentence of up to life in prison, after pleading guilty to one count of aggravated robbery, for stealing drugs at gunpoint from a local grocery store last summer.

Danny Ray Abercrombie entered an open plea to the charge during a Thursday hearing in the 354th District Court. An open plea means that no plea bargain agreement had been set in the case.

Therefore, Judge Richard A. Beacom ordered a presentence investigation be completed by Dec. 10, and scheduled a punishment hearing for Dec. 20.

Abercrombie, 42, was charged with one count of aggravated robbery in connection with an incident on July 1, 2006. Abercrombie is alleged in the indictment of using a firearm to obtain prescription drugs from the Greenville Brookshire’s store.

According to a criminal complaint filed as part of court records, Abercrombie forced his way into the pharmacy and demanded the business’s entire supply of the narcotic pain reliever Oxycodone, while making motions to indicate he carried a gun. After escaping from the store with the medication, employees chased Abercrombie into the parking lot, at which time he was alleged to have waved what appeared to be a handgun in their direction.

Abercrombie was arrested later that same day by the Greenville Police Department.

Aggravated robbery is a first-degree felony, punishable upon conviction by a maximum punishment of from five to 99m years to life in prison and an optional fine of up to $10,000.

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