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Originally published: 2013-04-08 11:17:07
Last modified: 2013-04-08 11:18:03

Home invasion suspects plead guilty to lesser charges

Two Appalachian State University students accused of a violent home invasion in November 2012 have pleaded guilty to reduced charges, according to court records.


Police arrested Wyatt Boyd Golter Brown, 21, of Madison, and Travis Dean Edgerton, 20, of Chapel Hill, following an attack Nov. 14 at an apartment on Coffey Street in Boone.


According to arrest warrants, Brown and Edgerton entered the apartment between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. wearing ski masks and clear gloves and brandishing a hammer and police-style baton.


The men stole money and drugs from the home, according to the warrants.


The residents, assisted by neighbors, fought off the intruders and subdued Edgerton at the scene until police arrived. Brown turned himself in the next day, according to the Boone Police Department.


One resident of the apartment took himself to the Watauga Medical Center with minor injuries, according to police.


Brown was indicted for first-degree burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon, court records show. He pleaded guilty March 25 to felony breaking and entering, felony common law robbery and misdemeanor assault as part of a plea arrangement.


Edgerton was indicted for first-degree burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon, according to court documents. He pleaded guilty March 25 to two counts of felony common law robbery.


Judge Phil Ginn sentenced both men to two years, eight months supervised probation. If either violates the terms of his probation, he will serve 13 to 25 months in prison. Both men also must pay fines and court costs and meet other conditions.


As part of their sentences, Brown and Edgerton also must spend two days in jail on Nov. 14-16 of 2013, 2014 and 2015, the judge decided.