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Bolling pleads guilty in 2011 Medicap armed robbery

Officers from various departments search a neighborhood near Medicap pharmacy in Columbus for Michael Bolling after he robbed the pharmacy in August 2011. (photo by Leah Justice)

Officers from various departments search a neighborhood near Medicap pharmacy in Columbus for Michael Bolling after he robbed the pharmacy in August 2011. (photo by Leah Justice)

Sentenced to 15 to 20 years in prison

Michael Spencer Bolling, 33, of Tryon pled guilty this week in Polk County Superior Court to several charges in connection with the 2011 armed robbery of Medicap Pharmacy in Columbus.

Bolling was sentenced to 84 to 110 months (7-9 years) in prison for robbery with a dangerous weapon and 96 to 125 months (8-10 years) for two counts of attempted trafficking opium or heroin, felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for a controlled substance, according to court records.

The prison sentences are to run together consecutively.

Judge James T. Davis sentenced Bolling during Polk County Superior Court that began on Monday, Aug. 12.

The guilty plea and sentence came almost exactly two years following the incident. On Aug. 16, 2011, the Columbus Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery at Medicap at 10 a.m.

Reports were that the suspect had entered the pharmacy wearing a ski mask, stated he had a gun and demanded prescription medication, according to police reports. The suspect left on foot and later fled the scene in a vehicle.

The investigation immediately included several law enforcement agencies with officers apprehending Bolling on Will Green Road in Green Creek just before 1 p.m. on Aug. 16, 2011. During the arrest, a portion of the medication taken from the pharmacy and items used in the robbery were recovered.

Bolling was originally charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of second degree kidnapping, two counts of trafficking opium and one count of felony maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.

Bolling was held under a $250,000 bond.

Officers identified Bolling with information gained through interviews, then found Bolling’s vehicle at the residence of Anthony Dion Constance, who was also arrested in 2011 but not in connection with the actual robbery.

Constance was convicted during the Feb. 20, 2012 superior court session of possession of schedule VI controlled substance, simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance, receive stolen goods/property and possession of a firearm by a felon. Constance was sentenced to 13 to 16 months at the N.C Department of Corrections with credit for 75 days, according to court records.

When officers arrived at Constance’s residence, Bolling had left but was captured within Constance’s neighborhood.

The Columbus Police Department was assisted in the 2011 robbery by the Tryon Police Department, Saluda Police Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina Highway Patrol, Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina Department of Probation.