WOODBURY — A 49-year-old Deptford man, whose lawyer argued he’d been led astray by drug addiction, was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for a Mantua Township robbery.
Bryan K. Clark had pleaded guilty in a robbery that included threats made to clerks and taking cash from employees at the Walgreens Pharmacy and a Heritage’s Dairy Store, both in Mantua, within minutes of each other on Sept. 26, 2013, authorities said.
Clark will have to serve 85% of the sentence before being eligible for parole. He’ll be subject to three years of parole supervision once released. He was also ordered to have no future contact with the Mantua Walgreens or the clerk he confronted there.
Clark pleaded guilty as part of an agreement negotiated with Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Staci Scheetz in December.
Clark’s lawyer, Robert Kail, said Clark took up robbery because of heroin or other addictions.
Via a victim-witness advocate, the Walgreens clerk told the judge she’d been “deeply affected” by the robbery and continues to struggle daily with anxiety.
Clark apologized to the woman and said he did not intend to hurt her.
In jail since his arrest on Sept. 26, 2013, Clark received 498 days credit toward his sentence.