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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Gettysburg Man Charged With Robbing Pharmacy

HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Zachary Edward Kuhn, age 26, of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was charged in a criminal information on February 6, 2018, with the robbery of a pharmacy. 

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the criminal information alleges that on June 20, 2016, the defendant attempted to rob a pharmacy located in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. 

The federal investigation was conducted by the Waynesboro Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.  Assistant United States Attorney Joseph J. Terz is prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.  In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

Criminal Informations are only allegations.  All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The maximum penalty under federal law is 25 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a $250,000 fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

 

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Topic(s): 
Opioids
Updated February 15, 2018