- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - A 19-year-old man accused of breaking into a Bellingham apartment, beating the resident and holding the occupants at gunpoint has been sentenced to six years in prison.

The Bellingham Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1XCLbUs ) that 19-year-old Datyous Mahmoudian was sentenced on Wednesday. He pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree burglary and three counts of second-degree assault.

Prosecutors say Mahmoudian and two other men forced their way into an apartment in January, used zip ties to restrain a woman inside and held guns to the heads of two men. Mahmoudian is accused of pistol-whipping one of the men.

Mahmoudian was arrested at the scene and other suspects escaped. Over the next few months three other men were arrested in connection to the break-in. Two have been sentenced. A third is awaiting trial and has pleaded not guilty.

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