Sargent Binkley, the former Army Ranger who pleaded guilty to using a gun to rob a Mountain View Walgreens for pain pills in 2006, was sentenced to five years probation Friday for a similar robbery in San Carlos.
Binkley, 34, was sentenced in a deal made last year with San Mateo County prosecutors. He could not be formally sentenced until he was released from a psychiatric hospital in January.
Binkley is an Army veteran from Los Altos who attended Los Altos High School and West Point military academy. His case has been called a landmark case for veterans with post traumatic stress disorder. During his trial for the Mountain View robbery, psychiatrists testified that Binkley developed PTSD during his time in Bosnia and Honduras and developed an addiction to painkillers after a hip injury that went untreated for years.
He was sentenced to Atascadero State Hospital, a psychiatric hospital, where he reportedly underwent treatment for almost a year. He has since begun a substance abuse program at the VA hospital in Palo Alto.