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Hagerstown man gets 13 years in home-invasion robbery, assault

January 08, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - A 21-year-old Hagerstown man was sentenced Monday morning to 13 years in prison in connection with a Jan. 13, 2007, home-invasion robbery and beating.

Berandord Artilus was one of several people charged in the home invasion.

He pleaded guilty Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to attempted armed robbery. Several other charges, including first-degree assault, were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

Artilus already was serving a five-year sentence for possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, Assistant State's Attorney Viki Pauler said Monday. The 13-year sentence will be served consecutively to his current sentence, Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright ordered.

A group of 10 to 15 people went to a home in the 16000 block of Broadfording Road to get back $500 taken during a drug deal gone bad, Pauler said Monday during her statement of facts. Neither victim was connected to the drug deal, Pauler said.

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Members of the group beat up a man in the home, and someone choked a woman in the home.

"Any male that chokes a woman isn't a man, he's a coward," one of the victims told the judge before sentencing.

Several of Artilus' co-defendants identified him as the person who choked the woman during the assault, Pauler said.

Another man, Stephen Rudisill, was holding a shotgun during the assault and struck the male victim with the shotgun, Pauler said.

Rudisill is awaiting sentencing for his part in the assault, she said.

Artilus spoke before he was sentenced and said he was "kind of confused that night."

"It's interesting you don't say anything at all to the person you choked," Wright told Artilus.

Although Pauler said the state didn't oppose Artilus serving the attempted armed robbery sentence concurrently with the distribution time, Wright imposed the sentence to run consecutively.

"You do the deed, you do the time. You do two deeds, you do two times," he said.

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