The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

June 12, 2013

Man pleads guilty in 2008 Medicine Shoppe robbery


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SHARON — Joseph P. Van Meter pleaded guilty June 4 to charges of robbery and possession of controlled substances with intent to deliver for participating in the Oct. 29, 2008, robbery of the Medicine Shoppe pharmacy, 1020 E. State St., Sharon.

A co-defendant, Aaron M. Bradley, 27, of 980 S. Keel Ridge Road, Hermitage, was found guilty by a jury March 21 of robbery, theft, possession of a large quantity of prescription medication, possession with intent to deliver, and conspiracy to commit robbery and unlawful restraint.

Bradley was sentenced last month by Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert G. Yeatts to 8 years, 4 months to 21 years in prison. Bradley maintains his innocence and will appeal his conviction, said his attorney, Jack W. Cline.

Van Meter, 26, of Hartstown, formerly of Orange Drive, Hermitage, and Bradley were arrested after a former friend, enraged that Bradley began an affair with the manÕs girlfriend, approached police.

Van Meter was the gunman in the robbery, which was preceded by a bomb threat at West Hill Elementary School across town to divert the attention of police.

Two employees of the store were tied up and made lie face down on the floor.