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Pharmacist waives right to speedy trial

A Mitchell pharmacist accused of stealing prescription drugs from a local pharmacy has waived his right to a speedy trial.

Jim Buechler, 59, was scheduled for court three times in March and April, but the case was continued at the request of his attorney. He is again scheduled -- now for the fourth time -- to appear in court Tuesday.

According to court documents, Buechler waived the 180-day rule, which gives him the right to a trial within 180 days of when he first appeared in front of a judicial officer.

Buechler is accused of possession of a controlled substance for taking prescription drugs from Walgreen's Pharmacy over a long period of time, according to court documents. Buechler worked at Mitchell's Walgreen's at the time, but was fired in January after it was discovered on surveillance he was allegedly taking drugs from the business.

The possession charge carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine.

He is also charged with grand theft because the approximate cost of the pills was $3,500.

The grand theft charge carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.