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Philadelphia Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Armed Robbery of Pharmacy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced today that Christopher Corley a/k/a “Kuron Corley,” 25, of Philadelphia, was sentenced by United States District Judge Gene E.K. Pratter to 30 years’ imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release.  Corley was found guilty by a jury last year of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and armed robbery of the Blue Grass Pharmacy located in Northeast Philadelphia.  He also was convicted of related narcotics and firearms offenses.  During the armed robbery, defendant Christopher Corley acted as the getaway driver while his armed co-conspirators demanded money and drugs from the pharmacist.

“Corley’s partners in crime terrorized the pharmacist in the course of robbing him.  They pointed a gun at the pharmacist’s face, forced him to kneel down behind the counter, and pressed that same gun against his back,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain.  “Corley made the quick getaway possible, and he reaped the benefits of his co-conspirators’ violent acts by taking his share of the money and drugs they stole.  My Office will continue to partner with local law enforcement to prosecute violent crimes to the fullest extent of the law.”

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.   The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Philadelphia Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas M. Zaleski.

Updated November 14, 2018