Two young Columbia men — who tried to rob a Park City shopper at gunpoint last year and ended up being chased off when the intended victim pulled out his own weapon — will spend up to 10 years in prison for the botched attempt.
Tyler Harrison, 22, and Randy Howard, 19, were jailed recently after separate sentencing hearings in Lancaster County Court, according to a statement issued Friday by the county District Attorney’s office.
Harrison, who planned the Oct. 23 robbery, will serve 4 to 10 years, the DA said. Howard will serve 2 to 10 years.
Both were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Mark Fetterman.
According to newspaper records, as well as a release from the DA’s office, Howard approached the victim and his girlfriend, who were sitting in a car in the Sears parking lot, and asked him for a light, at which point Harrison approached him with a gun drawn.
The intended victim, who has a concealed-carry permit for a handgun, retrieved it from his car and pointed it at Harrison, according to testimony. The would-be robbers ran away.
Lancaster city police caught Harrison and Howard running behind the nearby Olive Garden restaurant.
Fetterman told a judge Harrison was more culpable, the DA reported, because the robbery was his idea and he wielded the gun.