facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

'Drugstore Cowboy' pleads to moniker crime

Feb. 3, 2011 at 7:21 PM   |   Comments

1 of 2
| License Photo
SEATTLE, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- A U.S. author whose novel "Drugstore Cowboy" was made into a film starring Matt Dillon pleaded guilty to a crime at the center of his story, drugstore robbery.

James Fogle -- whose autobiographical novel about drug addicts supporting their habit by robbing pharmacies and hospitals as they traveled across the U.S. Pacific Northwest -- pleaded guilty in King County Superior Court in Seattle Wednesday to first-degree robbery with a firearm. He was accused of robbing a Redmond, Wash., drugstore May 25, 2010.

Prosecutors will seek a 16-year prison term for Fogle, 73, who was rolled into the courtroom in a wheelchair and had an oxygen tube up to his nose, KIRO-TV, Seattle, reported.

Filmmaker Gus Van Sant turned Fogle's unpublished novel into a critically acclaimed 1989 movie. Fogle was in Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla when the film was released. His book was published and hit the shelves the following year.

Fogle -- who has been in and out of prison since 1954 -- was arrested on the robbery May 27 along with another man, and held on $500,000 bail.

He is to be sentenced March 4.

Topics: Matt Dillon
© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Marijuana decriminalized in Philadelphia Marijuana decriminalized in Philadelphia
2
Reports claim Ukraine used cluster bombs in Donetsk city Reports claim Ukraine used cluster bombs in Donetsk city
3
Early completion of refit of Italian aircraft carrier Early completion of refit of Italian aircraft carrier
4
No, Banksy hasn't been arrested, nor his identity revealed No, Banksy hasn't been arrested, nor his identity revealed
5
Pope Francis condemns 'hostile inflexibility' within the church Pope Francis condemns 'hostile inflexibility' within the church
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback