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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Two Individuals Charged with Attempted Robbery of Smithgall’s Pharmacy in Lancaster, PA

PHILADELPHIA, PA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced today that Brandon Galette, 24, of Harrisburg, PA, and Andrew Garrett, 24, of Steelton, PA, were charged today by Indictment with one count of attempted robbery which interferes with interstate commerce and one count of using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.  Galette is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  The Indictment charges Galette and Garrett for their alleged participation in the October 23, 2018 attempted robbery of Smithgall’s Pharmacy in Lancaster, PA, during which they allegedly attempted to steal prescription opioids. 

If convicted, the defendants each face a maximum penalty of lifetime imprisonment, with a mandatory minimum of seven years in prison, to be served consecutive to any other sentence imposed, plus five years of supervised release.  Additionally, Galette faces a $750,000 fine and a $300 special assessment, while Garrett faces a $500,000 fine and a $200 special assessment.

“Stemming the tide of violent crime in our communities is a top priority of the Department of Justice and my Office,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain.  “People looking to make a quick buck by robbing convenience stores, pharmacies, and other businesses beware: this conduct is a federal crime, and if you are convicted, you will face stiff penalties under federal law.”

The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lancaster City Bureau of Police, and it is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Timothy M. Stengel.

An Indictment is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Updated February 21, 2019