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Two suspects plead guilty to charges in deadly Columbia home invasion

Two suspects in a 2014 home invasion pleaded guilty to charges in Columbia Wednesday.

She’aun Prince and Darrius Edwards are charged in connection to a deadly home invasion that happened last April.

Prince pleaded guilty to first degree burglary, which was lowered from second-degree murder, as part of a plea deal. Prosecutors recommended a 10 year sentence for Prince, and he’ll be sentenced on June 8.

Edwards pleaded guilty also on Wednesday to second-degree felony murder, and will be sentenced on June 15. Prosecutors recommended 15 years in prison for Edwards, and his attorney asked that the sentence be capped at 15 years as part of his plea deal.

Police said Edwards is one of several people who broke into an apartment on West Texas Avenue. He along with Derrick Brookins and Deshai Richardson rushed up the stairs brandishing guns, intending to rob the 28-year-old man that lived there. But that intended target grabbed his own gun and began shooting in self-defense.

Edwards was shot four times and went to the hospital for his injuries. Brookins was killed.

Security was increased in the courtroom on Wednesday, with nine police officers in the room.

Prince is known to have ties with the local gang called ‘Squad Up’.

The family of the man who shot the suspects in self defense said they are “relieved this nightmare is finally coming to an end.”

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