Man gets 25-50 years for home invasion robbery

A former Lancaster man will spend at least 25 years in a state prison for a Derry Township home invasion robbery in which he strangled and severely beat another man and threatened to kill his young child.

David E. Brown received a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison, the mandatory penalty under Pennsylvania’s three strikes law, according to Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico.

Brown, 36, was previously convicted in 2009 of a home invasion burglary and a 1997 robbery in Lancaster County.

He was convicted in September on counts of robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, persons not to possess a firearm and theft by unlawful taking.

Marsico said Brown was armed with a shotgun when he and another man entered a home in the Clifton Heights apartments in July 2012, then strangled and severely beat the victim.

Brown also threatened to kill the victim’s child, who was crying under his bed sheets while his father was being assaulted in a bedroom.

Brown and his accomplice fled the apartment with a safe that contained cash and narcotics, Marsico said.

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