Drug Store Robber Sentenced
Only 2 1/2 months after robbing McLaughlin’s Drug Store of its pharmaceuticals, a Harrisonville man stood before the president judge of the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas this week for sentencing.
Thirty-five-year-old Justin Lee Smalley appeared in front of Judge Douglas Herman on Tuesday, January 21, for sentencing on one count each of robbery with threat of committing serious bodily injury and possession of a controlled substance as well as an unrelated incident involving simple assault.
Fulton County Public Defender Dwight Harvey pointed out that over time Smalley has undergone several short-term treatments for substance abuse with some success. However, his family, Harvey said, believes his real problem stems from never having had a “long term treatment opportunity.” As a result, they had been investigating several treatment alternatives such as Teen Challenge and New Beginnings.
Judge Herman urged Smalley to take control of his situation and make a decision that will work. He reminded him if he fails to do so, the situation will still be waiting for him when he is released from state prison.
Smalley was then ordered to complete a total of 63 to 126 months in a state correctional institution for the offenses. He was given credit for time served since his incarceration began on November 5, 2013, only hours after committing the robbery at the McConnellsburg-based pharmacy.
Smalley will also pay restitution totalling $557.37 to the pharmacy for the stolen pharmaceuticals.
Charging documents in the robbery case filed by Trooper Kenneth Falkosky indicate a call was received on November at the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in McConnellsburg regarding a hold-up alarm at McLaughlin’s located at 182 Buchanan Trail, Suite 150.
In a call back with the pharmacist on duty, state police 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 a short distance away 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.