Three Philadelphia Men Sentenced for Armed Robbery of a Ridge Avenue Pharmacy

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PHILADELPHIA, PA — Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Scott Brooks, 40; Jeffrey McDonald, 22; and Jesse Brintley, 28; all of Philadelphia, PA, were sentenced this week by United States District Court Judge C. Darnell Jones II for their involvement in the armed robbery of a locally-owned Philadelphia pharmacy. Brooks was sentenced to fourteen years in prison, McDonald was sentenced to ten years in prison, and Brintley was sentenced to more than nine years in prison. The men have also been ordered to pay more than $18,000 total in restitution.

In January 2018, Brooks, McDonald, and Brintley were each charged by Indictment with one count of Hobbs Act robbery, one count of carrying and using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. These charges stemmed from a September 2017 armed robbery of a pharmacy in the Roxborough neighborhood. During the robbery, the trio entered the pharmacy armed with a firearm in order to steal prescription opioids for illegal resale.

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“These defendants brazenly robbed a neighborhood pharmacy for the purpose of selling controlled substances on the street, and for that they will now spend almost a decade or more in prison,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Williams. “Hopefully others will learn from the example set by these three — if you rob a business in Philadelphia with a firearm, you are going to face serious federal prison time as a result. Our Office is committed to being ‘All Hands On Deck’ working with our law enforcement partners to bring criminals to justice.”

“The sentences in this case will remove violent criminals from our communities,” said Matthew Varisco, Special Agent in charge of ATF’s Philadelphia Field Division. “We will remain dedicated, along with our local, state and federal partners to identify, investigate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals like these defendants. “I want to thank the Philadelphia Police Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of PA for their continued partnership and outstanding work in this successful prosecution.”

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This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve 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 law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with assistance from the Philadelphia Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Amanda Reinitz and Jeanine Linehan, and Special Assistant United States Attorney Lauren Stram.

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