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Jury selection finished in CL armed robbery trial

WOODSTOCK – Jury selection wrapped up Monday for a Crystal Lake man accused of robbing a CVS pharmacy at gunpoint.

Eric S. Sorenson, 31, previously rejected the state's offer of 21 years, the minimum prison sentence he faces if convicted of armed robbery.

Twelve jurors – nine men and three women – and two alternates were selected for the trial, which is expected to last through Thursday. Opening statements are set for Tuesday morning.

Sorenson was arrested in November 2012, two months after three bottles of Oxycodone, a powerful painkiller, were taken at gunpoint from a pharmacist at the Crystal Lake CVS, police said. He's been in custody of McHenry County Jail in lieu of $130,000 bond.

Sorenson's attorney Steve McArdle said Monday the case comes down to identity. Not only was the perpetrator wearing a mask, but Sorenson had a prescription for Oxycodone.

Assistant State's Attorney Michael Combs, who also is chief of the criminal division, said witnesses will testify that Sorenson was the masked robber.

The trial is presided over by McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather.

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