BROOKSVILLE - With jurors waiting to be selected for trial, Elbert P. Hall, 20, agreed to a plea deal that will send him to prison for nearly 10 years.
Hall, of Bushnell, was arrested on Aug. 28, 2012 on charges of home invasion robbery with a deadly weapon for his involvement in a April 2012 offense.
Hernando Today previously reported that on April 11, five men entered an apartment at 173 Hickory St. in Brooksville and pistol-whipped two women before stealing a laptop, a firearm and marijuana. Assistant State Attorney Rob Lewis said the state was prepared to prove Hall met one of the victims, Amber Murwin, on a social networking site and traveled to the Hickory Street apartment with a co-defendant, Edgeton Everett, for a drug transaction. A few minutes later, Lewis said Hall and Everett "produced handguns" and pistol-whipped Murwin and another woman, Heather Beyer, at her house.
Lewis added the plea stipulates Hall did not possess a handgun. Upon release from prison, Hall will serve two years probation.
Everett's trial is set to start on Thursday.