An Ellicott City man convicted in the armed robbery of an Exxon gas station and convenience store last March was sentenced to 28 years in prison Tuesday morning, according to State's Attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan.

Peair Montevon Turner, 26, of the 5500 block of Waterloo Road, was found guilty in the incident by a jury in Howard County Circuit Court after a four-day trial last month.

The robbery occurred on March 28 at a store located in the 4200 block of Montgomery Road in Ellicott City. Kirwan said video surveillance and DNA evidence linked Turner to the robbery.

At Tuesday's hearing, Assistant State's Attorney Maurice Frazier cited Turner's past criminal convictions, which includes his involvement in a July 2005 shooting at the Long Reach Village Center, Kirwan said.

In that incident, Turner, then 18, was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree assault and use of a handgun in a felony violent crime, Kirwan said. 

Kirwan said Turner’s defense attorney described him as having lived a difficult life, with “no horizon at all.”  Turner declined to speak at the sentencing hearing, Kirwan said. 

At the conclusion of the hearing, Howard County Circuit Court Judge Timothy J. McCrone sentenced Turner to a 20-year sentence, suspending all but 13 years for the armed robbery; and 20 years, suspending all but 15 years, to be served consecutively, on a handgun charge, Kirwan said. 

Upon release, Turner will be placed on five years' probation, Kirwan said.