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A 23-year-old Baltimore man, who originally was charged with attempted murder and 12 other counts for his involvement in the shooting of another man in a Westminster home last August, pleaded guilty yesterday in Carroll Circuit Court to one conspiracy to wound charge.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped the other 12 charges against the defendant, Nathaniel Tune Jr., and agreed to a suspended jail sentence.

Carroll Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. sentenced Tune, of the 3000 block of E. Federal St., to five years in state prison. But the judge gave the defendant credit for the almost nine months he spent in the Carroll County Detention Center since his August arrest.

According to court documents, Tune and three other men were talking to Harrison T. Brandon of Northeast Baltimore at Mr. Brandon's girlfriend's house on Union Street on the night of Aug. 20, 1992.

The scenario, court records show, played out like this:

Tune and the other men came to Westminster to get "matters straightened out from an incident" that had happened several months earlier.

Mr. Brandon, thinking the matter was resolved, walked into the house and the four other men walked toward their cars. Then Mr. Brandon noticed one of the men was carrying a handgun.

Mr. Brandon closed his door, but Tune and the other men kicked it open. Tune grabbed Mr. Brandon's shirt and tried to pull him out of the house, when one of the four men shot Mr. Brandon in the arm.

Mr. Brandon began to yell, "Yo, man, don't shoot me. Don't kill me."

He was taken to Carroll County General Hospital, where he was treated and released.

In court yesterday, Judge Burns also ordered Tune to pay $285 for the repair of the door.

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