News Release
Date: June 18, 2010
Contact: Casey McEnry
Number: 415-436-7994

Leader of An Armed Robbery Crew Sentenced To Nearly 11 Years

JUN 18 -- (Sacramento, Calif.) – United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner, Butte County Sheriff Jerry W. Smith and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Anthony D. Williams announced that Eric Keith Sills, 38, of Oroville, was sentenced last Tuesday by United States District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton to 10 years and 10 months in prison for drug trafficking and brandishing of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Sills pleaded guilty before Judge Karlton on February 2, 2010.

This case is the product of a joint investigation by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Drug Enforcement Agency. Assistant United States Attorney Michael M. Beckwith prosecuted the case.

According to court documents, Sills and three other men dressed up as law enforcement officers to rob a marijuana grow in Butte County. The men, armed with shotguns and semi-automatic pistols, detained a man guarding the grow at gunpoint. Law enforcement later executed a search warrant at Sills’ house. They found over 120 pounds of processed marijuana, a MAC-10 machine pistol, a .357 revolver, a loaded .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun, a Panther stun gun, police badges, gun cases, shirts with Sheriff’s or police insignia, night vision goggles, two sets of handcuffs, body armor, and a radio on a tactical police sling.