BAYBORO — Already serving 13 to 17 1/2 years for drug trafficking in Craven County, Kareen Ramel Elliott has had additional time tacked on his sentence following a conviction for an armed home invasion in Pamlico County.

Elliott, 39, of Havelock, pleaded guilty to the robbery before Superior Court Judge John Nobles, who sentenced him to a prison term of 25 1/2 to 33 years in prison. The sentence will be served concurrently with the one handed down in Craven County, according to a release from the office of District Attorney Scott Thomas.

On Oct. 10, 2015, three masked men with handguns broke into a residence in Merritt. Inside the home were three adult residents and two children, ages 4 and 1, according to the release.

The intruders pointed their guns at the adults, demanding money and forcing the male adult into a bedroom. The mother of the infant grabbed her child and hid in a closet, but one gunman found her and ordered her to crawl into the bedroom as she begged him not to hurt her child, according to the release.

The other female resident, a grandmother of the 4-year-old, was held at gunpoint and ordered into the bathroom. The intruders ransacked the house, taking cash and cell phones, along with illicit drugs from the male victim, according to the release.

Meanwhile, when the gunman who forced the male into his bedroom turned to shut the door, the male victim grabbed his gun and fired at the intruder, killing him. The deceased gunman was identified as Moses Tolvert.

The other gunmen fled, chased by the male victim, who picked up a shotgun on the way out, firing at one of the intruders and striking him in the leg.

The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation. Tolvert’s girlfriend provided information, which led them to Elliott’s involvement. His cell phone revealed evidence of his travel from Havelock to the scene of the crime and back, according to the release.

Elliott, still carrying pellets in his leg from the shotgun blast, evaded the law for five days when he was found in Chocowinity, hiding under a mattress in a house.

Elliott had opted for a jury trial but, before the jury was instructed, he spoke with his attorney and agreed to plead guilty to four counts of armed robbery with a dangerous weapon, five counts of second degree kidnapping, one count of first degree burglary, and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery and burglary.

A co-defendant previously pleaded guilty and will be sentenced at a later date.

Assistant District Attorney Karen Hobbs handled the prosecution.

Nobles had also been the judge at Elliott’s previous conviction in Craven County this past February, when he was convicted in a two-day trial on charges of selling cocaine and marijuana. As a habitual felon, he was sentenced, at that time, to two back-to-back sentences of 9 to 12 and 3 1/2 to 5 1/2 years in prison.