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Smalley Pleads Guilty To Robbery

Harrisonville man to be sentenced January 21
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Justin Smalley Justin Smalley NEWS EDITOR

A Harrisonville man pleaded guilty to robbing McLaughlin’s Drug Store of prescriptions during arraignment proceedings this week in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas.

Held in the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail since the November 5 robbery, Justin Lee Smalley appeared before Judge Shawn Meyers Tuesday for mandatory arraignment on three counts of robbery and one count each of theft by unlawful taking, possession of a controlled substance and the use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Smalley of 10944 Pleasant Ridge Road entered guilty pleas to one count each of robbery with threats of committing serious bodily injury and possession of a controlled substance. The 35-yearold also entered a plea of guilty to simple assault in an unrelated case dating back to October.

Combined maximum penalty is 23 years incarceration and $35,000 in fines.

In an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case, investigating officer Pennsylvania State Po- lice Trooper Kenneth Falkosky of the McConnellsburg barracks reported a call was received on station regarding a 10:06 a.m. holdup alarm at McLaughlin’s located at 182 Buchanan Trail, Suite 150, McConnellsburg.

Falkosky said that in the charging documents, state police initiated a callback with pharmacist Walter Lane and learned the store had been robbed of several bottles of prescription medication. Store officials also reportedly identified Smalley as the robber, who was last seen heading eastbound on Route 16 in a black sedan.

Smalley was found 40 minutes later at 18740 Lincoln Highway. He was transported to Fulton County Medical Center for medical evaluation as troopers were unsure of the number of prescription pills Smalley had ingested.

Eventually, the affidavit said, Smalley was taken to the barracks where he allegedly provided both a verbal and written statement as to his involvement.

In court Tuesday, Smalley admitted to entering the pharmacy and passing Lane a note asking for pharmaceuticals or drugs. He added that during the robbery he kept his hand inside his pocket.

The judge ordered a presentence investigation be completed in connection with the case. Sentencing has been set for January 21.

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