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Delavan man gets 2 years in prison for pharmacy robberies

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A southeast Wisconsin man has been sentenced two years in a federal prison, after he robbed nine Madison area pharmacies to feed an addiction to painkillers. 

36-year-old Tony Taylor of Delavan pleaded guilty to a single robbery charge, for a January 10th holdup at a Walgreens on Madison's south side. Charges in the other robberies were dropped in a plea deal. 

Federal Judge William Conley ordered Taylor to pay almost $19,000 in restitution. 

Authorities said Taylor became addicted to oxycodone that was prescribed for his wife, who had her fingers and legs amputated due to an illness.

The drug store robberies took place from January through March. Five were in Madison. The others were in Verona, Monona, Waunakee, and McFarland. 

Taylor was arrested in early April, after an employee at a pharmacy in DeForest recognized the robber from a previous store alert.