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Dustin Fritz sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbing drug store, standoff


MARSHFIELD, WI (WTAQ) - A 31-year-old man has been sentenced to 10 years in a federal prison for robbing a drug store in Marshfield, pointing a gun at a police officer, and staging a one-hour standoff in June.

Dustin Fritz said he was so depressed from his methadone withdrawal symptoms, that he wanted to rob the Marshfield Walgreens of enough oxycodone to kill himself with an overdose.

After fleeing the drug store, Fritz ran into Marshfield officer Jason Punke, and pointed his handgun at him before going into a nearby auto repair shop where he surrendered. He was then treated at a Marshfield hospital for the oxycodone overdose he had during the incident.

Fritz got hooked on the oxycodone he was prescribed after he broke a wrist in a snowmobile accident in 1998. He later received substance abuse treatment and was given methadone – and the withdrawal symptoms from that drug were too much for him.

Fritz told Federal Judge Barbara Crabb that he never meant to hurt anyone but himself – and he said the robbery was a “huge mistake” that he wanted to take back. Crabb said he was lucky not to be shot by officer Punke following the hold-up.

Fritz pleaded guilty in October. Besides the prison time, he must spend 3 years under a supervised release, and pay almost $5,000 to the drug store for restitution.