A 22-year-old Orangeburg man will spend almost the next quarter-century in prison.

Brandon Donte Norman-Berry of 930 Craven Lane pleaded guilty last week to one count of first-degree burglary and two counts of armed robbery.

Circuit Judge James Barber sentenced him to 25 years in prison, but gave him credit for having already served 335 days at the Orangeburg County Detention Center.

Prosecutors dropped the following charges: four counts of kidnapping, three counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and one count each of criminal conspiracy, unlawful carrying of a pistol, second-degree burglary and armed robbery.

The armed robbery pleas stem from March 1, 2017 incidents. Norman-Berry robbed two men at gunpoint that night in separate incidents.

Indictments state that Norman-Berry committed first-degree burglary on Feb. 27, 2017 when he entered a Throne Drive home while armed with a deadly weapon.

Family members said that around 10:20 p.m., four intruders forced their way inside the home.

The family was held at gunpoint while their house was rummaged through.

The gunmen removed several pieces of electronics and several pairs of expensive shoes before forcing the occupants into a back room of the residence. The gunmen then fled the residence.

Others charged in the home invasion were Kentrone D. Bradley, 21, of 775 Albertson Street; Desmond Johnson, 22, of 328 Fair Street and Dameatris Johntayvis Stokes, 21, of Rick Lane.

Charges against Johnson were dismissed at his preliminary hearing last March.

Charges against the Bradley and Stokes are pending.

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Crime Reporter

Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 15 years.

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