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A Lancaster man arrested last year for his involvement in a violent home invasion that injured a two-month-old baby was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Jamarcus D. Patterson, 30, 153 Plyler St., was sentenced Feb.15 after pleading guilty to violent second-degree burglary, attempted common law robbery and accessory before the fact of first-degree assault and battery, according to a press release by Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.
The incident happened Jan. 8, 2012, when Patterson and two other men broke into the home of a woman, her young child and the child’s father, Barfield said.
According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release sent shortly after the incident, deputies responded to a home in 200 block of Clearwater Drive about a home invasion and burglary.
The residents told deputies they were sleeping when a group of masked men, one armed with a handgun, broke into their home.
A female victim said one of the men pulled her 2-month-old baby from her arms and held a gun to the child’s head and demanded money, the sheriff’s office release said.
That’s when the child’s father charged the robber and they began fighting, the release said.
Barfield said the baby was knocked to the floor during the scuffle and was injured. The men then ran from the home with the handgun, but did not get any money, the release said.
The baby was taken to Levine Children’s Hospital, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, for treatment of a head injury, and was released a few days later.
Criminal and crime scene investigators, as well as a K-9 tracking team, arrived on the scene and began a detailed investigation.
The handgun was later recovered and county investigators eventually developed Patterson as a suspect. During conversations with investigators, Patterson admitted his involvement in the incident, Barfield said.
Investigators also identified and arrested the other two men involved in the home invasion.
Christopher Bernard Clinton, 28, 524 Foster Heights Road, and 28-year-old Bradone Marquiz Wagner of Winston Salem, N.C., were subsequently arrested.
Clinton and Wagner were charged with first-degree burglary and attempted armed robbery, though the status of their cases was unknown Friday, March 1.
Assistant Solicitor Bill Nowicki prosecuted Patterson’s case and Assistant Public Defender Mark Grier represented Patterson.
Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416