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Armed Gunman Sentenced to over 8 Years in Prison for Robbing Carroll County Pharmacy of Narcotics

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Joseph Wagner, age 26, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 102 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit an armed robbery and using a gun during the robbery.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Theresa R. Stoop of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; and Colonel Terrence Sheridan, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police.

“Today’s sentencing demonstrates ATF’s conviction in keeping our communities safe,” says ATF Special Agent in Charge Theresa Stoop, “because our law abiding citizens deserve to live and work without the fear of violence.”

According to Wagner’s plea agreement, on September 30, 2009, Wagner and a co-conspirator entered the Finksburg Pharmacy in Carroll County, Maryland wearing grey hooded sweatshirts with the hoods covering their heads. Three employees were working in the pharmacy at the time. Wagner pointed a handgun in the face of one of the employees and threatened to kill her if she moved. The co-conspirator demanded specific medications, including Oxycontin, Xanax and Percocet. After the employee showed the co-defendant where the medications were stored, Wagner bound the two employees’ hands and feet with zip ties. The third employee was hiding in a back room and called 911, stating that the robbers were still in the pharmacy.

Maryland State Police troopers responded within minutes and as they drove by the pharmacy, which was on the other side of the highway, the troopers saw two individuals wearing grey hooded sweatshirts with the hoods up, walking across the parking lot away from the pharmacy. As the troopers pulled into the pharmacy’s parking lot, witnesses indicated that the two individuals got into a black car and drove away. One of the state troopers spotted the car on the next street and stopped the vehicle. Wagner and the co-conspirator were ordered out of the car. Troopers recovered a loaded pistol in the vehicle. Wagner and the co-conspirator were arrested.

Search warrants for the vehicle were obtained and among the items seized were 75 pill bottles containing hundreds of pills of Percocet, Oxyontin and other medicines; zip ties; duct tape and $1,577.

Charges against the co-conspirator are pending.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Maryland State Police for their work on this investigation and commended Assistant United States Attorney John W. Sippel, who is prosecuting the case.

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