A man involved in an attempted January holdup of Thrift Village Drug Store in Luling that resulted in the death of his accomplice has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Jeremy Stewart, 45 and of Harvey, pleaded guilty to a count of principal to attempted armed robbery as result of a plea bargain.
He pleaded down from a potential charge of second-degree felony murder.
Stewart was noted as the accomplice of the late Mark Fisher, 36 and of Madisonville, who was shot and killed during the attempted Thrift Village heist by a store pharmacist, whom Fisher had held at gunpoint.
During the Jan. 21 incident, Fisher entered the store wearing black clothing, including a facemask and gloves, and ordered the store’s clerk and pharmacist at gunpoint to go behind the counter and retrieve drugs for him.
Fisher then zip-tied the clerk’s hands together. Before he could do the same to the pharmacist, the latter retrieved his handgun to defend himself. A fight ensued and Fisher fled. As the pharmacist rushed to the front door to lock it, Fisher apparently turned back and ran toward the pharmacist, who fired a shot into Fisher’s right leg, hitting his femoral artery. Fisher attempted to run again, but collapsed outside the store’s strip mall, where he died.
Approximately a week later, Stewart was arrested in connection to the crime, with an investigation leading to sufficient probable cause, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office determined that Stewart was Fisher’s driver during their alleged Jan. 7 armed robbery of Cheap Smokes in Houma.
St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne said his office’s investigation of the Luling incident determined the pharmacist was justified in use of deadly force, as the pharmacist and clerk’s lives were in imminent danger.
The court recommended Stewart participate in any education/rehabilitation opportunities offered by the Department of Corrections.
His sentence was not suspended; he gets credit for time served and is currently serving out his sentence at Nelson Coleman Correctional Center.