Elderly Woman Beaten, Forced To Crawl: Teens Sentenced

(Memphis) Two teenagers pleaded guilty to shooting and robbing a 72-year-old woman more than two years ago.

“Ms. Erwin. She’s real nice. She comes out. She speaks,” Micheal Pope said about how the Whitehaven neighborhood knows the victim.

Sixteen-year-old Christopher Bell and 18-year-old Iran White pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, and employing a firearm with intent to commit a felony.

Neighbors tell WREG the plea is helping them rest a little easier.

“Well, they should’ve plead guilty because they didn’t have any business fooling with that woman,” Pope said. “That woman didn’t do nothing to nobody.”

The 72-year-old retired teacher was in court to hear the guilty plea.

Witnesses described the details of that November 27th night to WREG a couple of years ago.

“I saw him ring the doorbell and when she came to the door they only talked for a few seconds,” said Marquita Pope, daughter of the neighbor WREG spoke to on Thursday.

“After that I see him grab her and throw her back in the door and the door closed on them,” she added.

The incident report revealed Erwin was forced to get down on her hands and knees to crawl and get her purse.

“‘We see the guy run out of the house with her purse on his arm in his left hand and we ran in to check on her and that`s when we found out she had been shot,” Marquita Pope said in 2012.

Erwin spent a total of three weeks in the hospital and an additional three weeks in rehab from the shooting.

The gunshot damaged her colon, liver, diaphragm, and stomach.

Michael Pope believes the teens were targeting seniors in the community, asking if yard work needed to be done.

“Man, they probably have done it to other people around here before.”

Both teens were sentenced to 17 years in prison without parole.


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