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Horne sentenced to 6 years in prison

By Bethany Knipp

After two trials, a Manhattan man was sentenced on Tuesday to more than six years in prison following a February conviction of charges stemming from an attempted robbery in October of 2012.

Levertis Horne, 23, was sentenced by Judge John F. Bosch to 41 months in prison for aggravated battery, 32 months for each of two attempted aggravated robbery charges and 32 months for aggravated burglary.

Bosch sentenced Horne to serve the first three sentences concurrently, with the 32-month aggravated burglary charge to be served in addition.

Horne was convicted of shooting Chase Carguile during a home invasion of Carguile’s apartment.

Carguile lived with three roommates — Tyler Sweet, Andrew Johnson and Austin Miller — at 1400 Chase Place.

Prosecutor Barry Disney said Carguile was shot twice in the chest during an attempted robbery that involved marijuana Johnson and Miller brought back from Colorado earlier that day.

In court testimony, it was revealed that Horne found out about the marijuana the roommates possessed through a third party.

Johnson, Miller, and Carguile, who allegedly pitched in money for the marijuana, were charged with drug-related crimes following their report of the robbery.

Horne’s February conviction came after his first trial in 2013 resulted in a hung jury.

At Tuesday’s sentencing, Horne’s defense attorney, Brenda Jordan, brought in two witnesses — a psychologist and Horne’s mother — in an attempt to keep Horne out of prison. Jordan asked for probation with strict supervision and substance abuse treatment.

Horne apologized in court and asked for the chance to prove he could be an upstanding citizen.

But Bosch said he did not find the case appropriate for probation.

For each of Horne’s four sentences, he is eligible for 15 percent “good time,” or time taken off of the sentence for good behavior.

Horne was also made subject to 36 months probation following his eventual release from prison.

In addition, Bosch ordered Horne to pay more than $2,000 in restitution to Carguile.

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