Man sentenced to 6 years for Bellingham home invasion

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 ( ) 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 net 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.