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.