Man in Belmont CVS hostage standoff sentenced to 10 years in prison
BELMONT, N.C. — The man involved in a shootout with police and held people hostage inside a Belmont CVS Pharmacy last October was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison.
Ed Russ told the judge he was sorry.
In October, Russ held three CVS workers hostage and then he and Belmont police fired shots during a 6-hour ordeal that ended when Russ dropped his assault rifle and walked out of the store.
His mother cried as he agreed to a plea of 10 years in prison, according to WSOC.
His attorney said Russ worries because his parents are elderly and he may never see them again as a free man.
He was living with them when he reportedly left home restless and addicted to painkillers.
The prosecution said he went to the store and told the clerk he needed something for pain and showed an assault rifle.
Russ took three employees hostage in the pharmacy and sent one to the front of the store to get rid of a customer. No one was injured in the shootout.