Violent teen guilty of attacking elderly couple, robbing Cleveland 19 crew sentenced to 27 years in prison

Violent teen guilty of attacking elderly couple, robbing Cleveland 19 crew sentenced to 27 years in prison
Eddie Burns

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A 17-year-old Cleveland teenager convicted of a number of violent crimes, was sentenced Thursday morning.

Violent teen guilty of attacking elderly couple, robbing Cleveland 19 crew sentenced to 27 years

Eddie Burns pleaded guilty earlier this month to multiple felony charges; including, attempted murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, theft, assault and robbery.

He was sentenced to 27 years in prison.

In February of 2017, Burns attacked an elderly Cleveland couple outside their home at East 99th and Superior.

Willie Watts, 81, died less than two months after the incident.

Willie Watts, 81, died less than two months after being attacked outside his Cleveland home.
Willie Watts, 81, died less than two months after being attacked outside his Cleveland home.

According to police, Willie saw his wife Della being attacked by Burns and rushed out to help her, covering her with his body while Burns continued to stomp and beat them.

The attack left Willie with five broken bones in his face, a broken nose and a concussion.

Della said her husband of 59 years was already ill and the beating took a toll on him.

Della Watts addressed Burns in court, saying, ″He had five broken bones in his face. His nose was broke, and he had a concussion. Two weeks after the robbery, he was back in the hospital, and my husband died. My husband did not recover from the beating you have him. Mr. Burns, you did not kill us on February the 7th, but no one can tell me that you are not partly to blame for my husbands death."

In December of 2017, Burns robbed a Cleveland 19 news crew at gunpoint. Former Cleveland 19 news reporter, Lacey Crisp told the judge that she is still traumatized by what happened, “I never used to go out and be concerned about covering a story and wondering if I am safe to be there. Now, that is my first and my primary concern."

Fortunately, our crew was not seriously injured.

Burns was bound over from Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court and was tried as an adult.

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