Jersey City Man, Brandon Garcia Sentenced to Nearly 15 Years in Prison for Armed Robbery of Allentown Convenience Store
PHILADELPHIA (STL.News) Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Brandon Garcia, 22, of Jersey City, NJ, was sentenced to 14 years and nine months (or 177 months) in prison, and 4 years of supervised release by United States District Court Judge Jeffrey L. Schmehl for the armed robbery of a Speedway gas station and convenience store in Allentown, PA on March 28, 2017.
In June 2019, the defendant pleaded guilty to multiple felonies arising from the 2017 robbery, including Hobbs Act robbery, and using, carrying or possessing a machine gun during a crime of violence. During the robbery, the defendant used a long gun to threaten store employees while robbing the store. Garcia poked one employee with the gun as he ordered him to “Get down!” and demanded employees provide him with cash and Newport cigarettes, which they did.
Meanwhile, a good Samaritan, who was coming to the Speedway to fill his car with gas, noticed the defendant wearing all black and running into the store with his hood up; he suspected something was amiss.