Feds charge 2 for robbery at Smithgall’s Pharmacy

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Two men accused of an armed robbery at Smithgall’s Pharmacy are facing federal charges in addition to the state charges filed last year.

Brandon Galette, 24, of Harrisburg, and Andrew Garrett, 24, of Steelton, were charged Thursday with one count of attempted robbery which interferes with interstate commerce and one count of using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.

Galette is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

William M. McSwain, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, said If convicted, Galette and Garrett face a maximum penalty of life in prison, 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.

Police say the men were looking for Oxycodone when they entered the pharmacy at 536 West Lemon Street on October 23.

Galette pointed a gun at a customer and a clerk, threw the customer her into display shelving, then stormed past the main counter to a back room where he put the gun to the heads of pharmacy owner and former Lancaster mayor Charlie Smithgall and his employees, according to a criminal complaint.

Smithgall fired four shots during a struggle with Galette, who then fled with Smithgall’s gun. Responding officers found Gallete on a sidewalk, suffering from several gunshot wounds.

Two other defendants, 22-year-old Johnny L. Straining Jr., and 29-year-old Lamar Black, both of Harrisburg, are awaiting trial on state charges.

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