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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 28, 2021

South Carolina Man Charged With Robbing Jewelry Store

HARRISBURG, - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on October 27, 2021, Christopher Demarcus Bethea, age 47, of South Carolina, was indicted by a federal grand jury for robbing a Cumberland County jewelry store.

According to Acting United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the indictment alleges that on January 30, 2019, Bethea robbed the Kay Jewelers Store in South Middleton Township, Pennsylvania. 

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Pennsylvania State Police.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jaime Keating is prosecuting the case.

This case is 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.  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 enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce crime.

Indictments, Criminal Informations and Criminal Complaints 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 for this offense is term of incarceration of 20 years, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a 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): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated October 28, 2021