Ten years in prison for Columbia man in armed robbery

Joshua Lamont Joyce of Columbia was ordered to prison for 10 years Friday after pleading guilty to armed robbery and using a handgun in a March home invasion robbery in North Laurel.

Circuit Judge Timothy J. McCrone sentenced Joyce, 31, of the 6000 block of Majors Lane, to 20 years, with half suspended, on the robbery charge. He also got five years on the handgun charge, which can be served concurrently.

Joyce was one of three men who forced their way into a home in the 9600 block of Canterbury Riding in North Laurel early on a Saturday in late March by kicking in the door, according to court documents. Two men had guns and one a knife and robbed three people inside. A fourth person in the home called police when the door was smashed.

Police responded and set up a perimeter. They caught Joyce, along with two other men.


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