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Knife-wielding man shot by police in Columbia BJ's receives prison sentence
Knife-wielding man shot by police in Columbia BJ's receives prison sentence

A Columbia man shot by a Howard County police officer after pulling a knife inside a BJ's Wholesale Club last summer pleaded guilty in Howard County Circuit Court Wednesday and was sentenced to three years in prison. Howard Carvel Smith, 33, of Harper's Farm Road, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and reckless endangerment charges and was sentenced by Judge Richard Bernhardt to 10 years with all but three years suspended. The sentence begins June 4. Smith will not get credit for the 323 days he has already served since being charged in July 2013, according to county State's Attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan.  The incident began at approximately 11 a.m. July 10...

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