'Dr. Phil' drugstore robbers get prison

NORWALK The criminal lovebirds are now caged birds. It will likely be many years before either flies
Cory Frolik
May 24, 2010

NORWALK

The criminal lovebirds are now caged birds. It will likely be many years before either flies free again.

Kurtis DeWitt, 24, was sentenced in September to 15 years in prison for robbing a Norwalk pharmacy with a knife in April.

On Thursday, his 22-year-old girlfriend, Megan Lillo, who was the getaway driver, was sentenced to nine years in prison for her role in the heist.

Huron County prosecutor Russ Leffler said DeWitt and Lillo were not a match made in heaven.

Like Bonnie and Clyde, DeWitt and Lillo committed crimes together, the exhilaration of which fueled their bad behavior, officials said.

"The two of them together was worse than either one of them individually," Leffler said.

After a trial that lasted several days late last month, Lillo was convicted by a jury of aggravated robbery, robbery, possession of oxycodone, complicity to the theft of drugs, conveying drugs into a detention facility and tampering with evidence.

As part of a plea agreement, DeWitt was convicted last month of aggravated robbery, possession of oxycodone, conveying drugs into a detention facility and tampering with evidence.

Wearing a mask and carrying a knife, DeWitt in mid-April robbed Kaiser-Wells Pharmacy in Norwalk of 499 OxyContin pills, which are powerful and highly addictive drugs.

He then fled in a car driven by Lillo.

Authorities identified the masked robber as DeWitt because he was wearing a GPS ankle bracelet at the time, a condition of his bond for burglarizing a home in Greenwich last fall.

The bracelet showed DeWitt, who would later be sentenced to five years in prison for the break-in, was at the pharmacy during the robbery.

Lillo also was the getaway driver in that burglary.

Authorities arrested Lillo and DeWitt but were unable to locate many of the stolen pharmaceuticals.

They found them, however, after corrections officers noticed blood staining the back of DeWitt's jail uniform.

He had shoved a wad of pills into his rectum after wrapping them in a sock and Kool-Aid packet. Jail officials then confiscated pills Lillo smuggled into the jail in her private parts, authorities said.

DeWitt and Lillo's crimes received a great deal of publicity largely because the pair appeared on the Dr. Phil show about a month before the Kaiser-Wells robbery.

During the taping of the show, DeWitt admitted he beat Lillo, threw her down stairs and hit her in the head with a rock.

The pair ultimately ignored Dr. Phil McGraw's advice to separate and sort out their issues.

Lillo's attorney, K. Ronald Bailey, said his client was coerced into participating in the robbery and acted in reasonable ways considering the terrible circumstances.

"She said he threatened to kill her that day -- the first person she talked to after she was arrested was her mom, who came to see her at the jail, and she told her the same thing," Bailey said.

"She knew if she didn't do what he wanted, she was going to suffer serious consequences."

Bailey said DeWitt also had threatened Lillo's relatives and baby -- she has one young son and is expecting another child any day now.

Claiming there were problems with the jury instructions, Bailey said Lillo may appeal the case and could get the conviction reversed.

As for Lillo and DeWitt's relationship, which began when they were teenagers, Bailey said it's over between them.

"I don't think there (will) ever be any communications ever again," Bailey said, adding, "I don't think he brought out the worst in her. I think he created something worse in her than what she really was."