A Bellefonte man will spend eight to 16 years in state prison for robbing a local drug store.
Joshua Fagan, 31, was sentenced Thursday by Judge Jonathan Grine after pleading guilty in June to four felony counts of robbery.
The sentencing closes a case that started with a February attempt to steal prescription drugs from Parrish Apothecary in Bellefonte.
It was about 10:30 a.m. when Fagan walked into the North Allegheny Street shop wearing a blue coat and a ball cap, his face covered by a black knit hat with eye holes cut into it. Inside, he took a soda from the cooler and walked to the counter.
That’s when he pulled out a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and set it on the counter.
With his hands still on the weapon, Fagan ordered the workers behind the counter to put their hands up and demanded Ritalin and Adderall, prescription stimulants used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The owners working in the store at the time told Fagan that they did not have the drugs.
He then became upset, pointing the loaded handgun at them and demanding to know where the pharmacy kept the safe.
One worker told Fagan that he was calling the police and the man fled on foot.
Bellefonte police, assisted by Spring Township and state police at Rockview, responded to the robbery.
Fagan was found at the intersection of Linn and Wilson streets after police followed footprints in the snow, picking up items that he had dropped along the way, including the handgun, which had been stolen, and an unopened bottle of soda.
“In broad daylight, the defendant trained a pistol on this family and held them at gunpoint as they worked in a place they have owned and operated for 49 years. Threatening lives and shattering others’ sense of safety in where they work and what they do is never worth the quick fix,” Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said.