Port Royal man gets 18 years for home invasion

info@islandpacket.comOctober 26, 2012 

A 19-year-old Port Royal man was sentenced to 18 years in prison for his part in a home invasion in August 2011.

Robert Curnell pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree burglary, armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Curnell and four others are accused of kicking in the door of a home on 16th Street in Port Royal and brutally beating a 21-year-old man before stealing two televisions, guitars and other electronics, according to Daniel Brownstein, spokesman for the 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office.

Another suspect, 20-year-old Zackery Findlay of Beaufort, pleaded guilty in May to armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, Brownstein said.

Judge Carmen T. Mullen presided over both cases, and both men must serve at least 85 percent of their sentences, according to state law.

Cases against the three other suspects are pending, Brownstein said.

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