Man receives prison time for taking Boardman Walgreens employees hostage during robbery

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Kelim Rushton was in court Tuesday, where he pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and kidnapping

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Youngstown man who police say terrorized workers in an armed robbery in Boardman is going to prison.

Kelim Rushton was in court Tuesday, where he pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, kidnapping and a weapons charge.

Rushton robbed Walgreens on Market Street in March of 2020. He held a gun to employees, then forced them into a stockroom to demand opioids.

He was then caught running away by police.

“It’s affected me in so many ways that I jump at night. This was right before COVID, so now everybody comes in with a mask on, so you’re jumpy,” said Peggy Bodien, an employee who witnessed the robbery.

In court, Rushton apologized to Judge Maureen Sweeney, saying his drug addiction drove him to commit the crimes.

He will now spend at least 13 years behind bars.

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