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Fourth person sentenced for North Carroll armed robberies

The fourth individual charged in connection with robberies in North Carroll last year was sentenced Thursday.

Candice Horner, 46, of Taneytown, was sentenced to 14 years in prison with four years suspended for a count of armed robbery and sentenced to eight years in prison with three years suspended for one count of conspiracy to commit robbery.

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Judge Michael M. Galloway determined that the sentences would run consecutively.

Horner was found guilty after agreeing to the prosecution's statement of the facts of the case in December.

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Once released, Horner will have five years of supervised probation with alcohol and drug treatment. Her attorney is expected to make a motion to modify the sentence and the court will consider releasing Horner to a drug treatment program after she serves a portion of her sentence if she qualifies, according to statements made at the sentencing hearing.

Horner, along with Mark Andrew Topper, 32, of Westminster; Daniela June Reynolds, 27, of Gaithersburg; and Shawn Tyler Livesay, 18, of Manchester, were charged for incidents occurring July 18 in Manchester and July 19 in Hampstead.

On July 18, Horner and Reynolds were being dropped off at the park-and-ride lot on Md. 27 near Md. 30 in Manchester by the victim when Livesay and Topper arrived, according to the charging documents. Topper pointed a knife at the victim and demanded money, which resulted in a physical altercation before the four suspects stole the victim's wallet and left.

On July 19, a Hampstead man called police after Topper, Horner, Reynolds and Livesay knocked at the rear door of his home just after 2 a.m. The man exited through the front door of the apartment to investigate and was confronted by the four who pointed a pellet gun at him and demanded money before engaging in a physical altercation, according to charging documents.

Topper is currently serving a 15-year sentence with seven years suspended. Reynolds, who is Horner's daughter, is serving a 10-year sentence with five years suspended. And Livesay is serving a six-year sentence with four-and-a-half years suspended but has made a motion to modify his sentence, according to electronic court files.

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