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    1 Dec 2016

    Man gets 70-year sentence for robberies, calls judge ‘cowardly b*tch,’ gets more time

    It was a heated day in a Tippecanoe County courtroom Tuesday, earning a convicted robber even more time behind bars.
    Steven Burns, 25, was sentenced to 70 years in prison. 
    Earlier this month, a jury found him guilty of several charges, including burglary while armed with a deadly weapon, robbery resulting in bodily injury, and criminal confinement.
    Court documents say Burns and two other men beat and robbed an elderly couple at a home on N. 28th Street in August.
    The men threatened  the homeowners, hit the husband in the head with a gun, and got away with cash, credit cards, and valuables.
    Hours later, the items were recovered after a brief police standoff on 30th Street.
    Burns, his 23-year-old brother Joseph Burns, and 27-year-old Adam Smith were arrested.
    In court Tuesday, Steven Burns called Judge Steven Meyer a “cowardly bitch.” That earned Burns an additional 180 days in prison.
    Burns also refused to sign a no-contact order for the victims, so the judge had to order him not to contact them.
    According to online court records, Joseph Burns has a change of plea hearing set for Wednesday. Adam Smith is scheduled for a jury trial in December.
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