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Slasher convicted of armed robbery at CVS

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Erna McFadden
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Erna McFadden

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It took a jury 25 minutes to find Erna McFadden guilty on a charge of armed robbery.

The 34-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after a jury was selected.

In July 2011, McFadden tried to steal items from a CVS on San Jose Boulevard. As she attempted to leave the store, two CVS managers stopped her at the front door.

McFadden pulled a box cutter from her purse, slashed the faces of the two managers and then took off in a car, prosecutors said.

Jacksonville police saw McFadden's car and pulled her over. Stolen goods taken from other area stores were found in the car.

"McFadden claimed she had no knowledge of a theft as she had no CVS property in her purse and did not know her sister stole items. The jury did not buy her defense and found her guilty," said Assistant State Attorney Renee Holterman.

McFadden faces life in prison for the armed robbery conviction. She also faces up to 60 years in prison for the two aggravated battery charges.

Her sentencing date will be set on Aug. 27.