An Augusta man who took part in the armed robbery of another drug addict was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday.
Christopher P. Houmiel, 34, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court, admitting he and two others took heroin and cash from an acquaintance in the early morning hours of Dec. 21, 2015. At the time, all three were high, said Houmiel’s attorney, Pete Theodocion.
As the country acknowledges the devastation opioids is causing, Houmiel is an example of what the epidemic is doing, Theodocion said. When straight, you’d never meet a kinder, smarter or more gentle person who comes from a good family, Theodocion said, adding that it’s a horrible addiction.
With Assistant District Attorney Rex Myers’ refusal to reduce the charge to robbery, the only sentencing option was 10 years. At the time of the robbery, Houmiel was on probation in a burglary case.
Judge John Flythe granted the defense’s request for in-custody residential substance abuse treatment, a two-year program, for Houmiel.
Flythe told Houmiel that incarceration was probably the best chance he had for being alive in 2027, and his best chance of getting clean.
The other two involved in the robbery were Ross Shephard and Jannie Solursh. Sheppard pleaded guilty in May to armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of crime and was sentenced to 10 years in prison followed by five years probation. Solursh, who pleaded guilty in May to a reduced charge of robbery, was sentenced to five years in prison.
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