Pottstown Man Sentenced to 9 Years in Jail for Robbery

PHILADELPHIA PA – Patrick Harrison, a 39-year-old former Pottstown resident, was sentenced Thursday (July 7, 2022) in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia to nine years in prison and five years of supervised release for a November 2021 gunpoint robbery of a Rite-Aid pharmacy that occurred within the city, United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced.

Harrison earlier this year pleaded guilty to allegations that he brandished a firearm, demanded money from store employees, then fled the store after stealing about $600. He admitted to charges of carrying, using, and brandishing a firearm – a loaded Smith and Wesson 9mm pistol – during the commission of a violent crime; and possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

“Repeat offenders who commit reckless violent crimes like this defendant will soon face serious federal charges and years in prison,” Romero said.

This case fell under Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program intended to reduce violent crime. It was renewed during 2017 as part of a U.S. Department of Justice renewed focus on targeting violent criminals. The case was investigated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Philadelphia Police Department.

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