The getaway driver in a drug robbery at a Rite Aid pharmacy in Old Orchard Beach pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Portland to a charge of aiding and abetting pharmacy robbery.

Kyle Desmarais, 33, of Old Orchard Beach admitted during a plea hearing before U.S. District Judge Nancy Torresen that he drove accused robber Billy Schildroth to and from the robbery on Feb. 13, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Schildroth, 37, also of Old Orchard Beach, was indicted this month by a federal grand jury and pleaded not guilty on June 18 to a felony robbery charge.

Schildroth is accused of robbing the pharmacy by putting his hand inside his jacket and telling the pharmacist that he had “a gun and five bullets” and would shoot him in the face if he alerted anyone, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

Schildroth escaped with oxycodone and buprenorphine, and Desmarais drove him, knowing he had committed the robbery, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Schildroth is tentatively scheduled to stand trial in August. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of as much as $250,000.

Desmarais faces the same sentence as Schildroth. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 8.

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