Alford Plea in Armed Pharmacy Robbery Case

Gregory Johnson (TCSO booking photo)
Gregory Johnson (TCSO booking photo)


by Sam Clanton


FORSYTH, Mo. – A man charged with robbing a pharmacy near Branson at gunpoint in 2014 enters an Alford plea prior to the start of his scheduled jury trial in Taney County.

Thirty-five-year-old Gregory Johnson of Branson will be sentenced on July 13th.

Johnson reportedly entered Family Pharmacy on Cross Creek Boulevard the morning of September 30th, 2014, brandishing a handgun and demanding pills.

According to the incident report from the Taney County Sheriff’s Office, an armed employee of the pharmacy fired a single round at Johnson, who fired several rounds back as he fled.

Shortly after, Johnson was arrested at a nearby apartment complex and then transported to an area hospital for treatment of a single gunshot wound to his left torso.

The store employee was not injured.

By entering an Alford plea, Johnson basically pleads “no contest” to the charges against him, which include first-degree pharmacy robbery, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm.


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