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A Howard County man charged in two home invasions last year pleaded guilty Monday in Carroll County Circuit Court and will face a five-year minimum when he is sentenced.

Clyde Harris Brown III, 35, of Dayton, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit armed robbery in a Howard County case transferred to the Circuit Court for Carroll County by agreement of the parties. Brown also pleaded guilty to armed robbery and used of a firearm in the commission of a felony or crime of violence in a Carroll case. The firearms offense carries a five-year mandatory sentence that cannot be suspended.

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Sentencing was postponed, and a date had not been scheduled by Monday afternoon.

On July 30, 2014, Brown and a second suspect, both armed with shotguns, entered a Columbia residence about 11 p.m., demanded money and threatened to shoot the occupants, according to the statement of facts read in support of the plea by Howard County prosecutor Jim Dietrich.

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One of the victims told the men he had money in his car and gave them the keys, Dietrich said. The men stole cash and marijuana and fled with the victims' cellphones.

Howard County Police identified Brown and Kahlil Julian Hall, 32, of Ellicott City, as the suspects based on a description of their appearances and the car they used to drive from the scene, Dietrich said. During a search of Hall's home, police found masks and items taken from the victims.

On Sept. 29, 2014, Brown and Hall were apprehended by Carroll County Sheriff's Office deputies and Maryland State Police troopers after forcing their way into a Mount Airy home in the early-morning hours, according to the statement of facts read into the record by Carroll County Senior Assistant State's Attorney Ted Eyler.

Brown and Hall entered the home, armed with shotguns, and demanded money and drugs, according to Eyler. An altercation broke out between the victims and the suspects, and Brown and Hall fled the residence as police arrived.

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Brown and Hall struggled with police before being taken into custody and were transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Hall is scheduled for a one-date jury trial in Howard County on June 3 and a three-day jury trial in Carroll County beginning July 27, according to electronic court files.

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