Man found guilty on 14 of 15 charges in armed robbery of Lafayette couple

Booking photo shows Steven Burns II. (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office)
Booking photo shows Steven Burns II. (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office)

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Following a jury trial that started Monday, one of two brothers accused of beating and robbing a Lafayette elderly couple in August has been found guilty on 14 of 15 counts against him.

Steven Burns II, 25, was found guilty Thursday by a Tippecanoe County jury after roughly 10 hours of deliberating.

Authorities arrested Burns II, along with his brother — Joseph Burns, 23 — and another man — Adam Smith, 27 — in connection to an armed robbery of a 76-year-old couple at a home on N. 28th Street in Lafayette.

Burns II was found guilty on 14 of his 15 charges:

  • Count 1: Conspiracy to commit burglary w/ DW (F2) – GUILTY
  • Count 2: Burglary w/ DW (F2) – GUILTY
  • Count 3: Criminal confinement w/ DW (F3) – GUILTY
  • Count 4: Criminal confinement w/ DW (F3) – GUILTY
  • Count 5: Robbery w/ DW (F3) – GUILTY
  • Count 6: Robbery resulting in bodily injury (F3) – GUILTY
  • Count 7: Intimidation w/ DW (F5) – GUILTY
  • Count 8: Intimidation w/ DW (F5) – GUILTY
  • Count 9: Battery w/ DW (F5) – NOT GUILTY
  • Count 10: Theft (AM) – GUILTY
  • Count 11: Pointing a firearm (F6) – GUILTY
  • Count 12: Carrying a handgun w/o a license (AM) – GUILTY
  • Count 13: Serious violent felon (F4) – GUILTY
  • Count 14: Unlawful use of a firearm (Enhancement 5-20 years) – GUILTY
  • Count 15: Habitual Offender (big) – GUILTY

Tippecanoe County prosecutors say Burns II faces a range of 27 to 84 years behind bars.

A sentencing hearing for Burns II is scheduled for Nov. 29.

As News 18 previously reported, police said all three men got into the home through a window and woke the homeowners and demanded money. Court documents say one of the Burns’ brothers hit the 76-year-old man over the head with his weapon and also threatened to kill him and his wife. A neighbor also told police, threats were heard.

Authorities said the men took cash, a watch, rings and other property. But police said all items were recovered, when officers located the Burns’ brothers at a home on 30th Street — where they were hiding out after the supposed incident.