Harrisburg man sentenced in violent home invasion

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Shawn Stewart

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Harrisburg man convicted of committing a violent home invasion and robbery in Lower Swatara Township last year will spend 28 to 56 years in prison, according to the Dauphin County District Attorney’s office.

A Dauphin County judge sentenced 38-year-old Shawn A. Stewart on Monday.

A jury found Stewart guilty in June on charges of robbery, burglary, conspiracy to commit robbery and burglary, conspiracy to false imprisonment, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault, theft and criminal use of a communication facility.

The charges stemmed from a home invasion and robbery that took place on  Jan. 6, 2014. Stewart and two accomplices forced their way into a home along the 2200 block of Georgetown Road in Lower Swatara Township at gunpoint. Once inside–the men forced a 71-year-old man to the floor, covered his head and tied his hands with zip ties.

The trio fled with a suitcase from the upstairs bedroom.

Prosecutors said Stewart  targeted the home  because he wrongly believed a large amount of money was hidden in the house.