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A Baltimore man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Monday for his role in what prosecutors say is a drug-related home invasion in Columbia last spring.

Adam Kentrell Richardson, 25, of the 3500 block of Southern Avenue, was found guilty in November of 19 counts of armed robbery, kidnapping, false imprisonment assault, conspiracy and additional charges.

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The charges stem from a May incident. On May 21, Baltimore City police notified Howard County police that they were investigating a kidnapping of two men.

The victims were found in the 3100 block of Baker Street in Baltimore, and reported they were abducted from a home in the 5000 block of Durham Road East in Columbia.

The three assailants bound the two victims with zip-ties and pulled their shirts over their heads before stuffing them in the backseat of a car and transporting them to Baltimore.

One of the victims was severely beaten and choked, according to police reports.

Two days after the abduction, one of the suspects in the case was killed in a homicide three blocks from the Baker Street house, Kirwan said.

The dead man's cellphone led police to connect Richardson as a suspect.

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