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Elderly Woman Beaten, Forced To Crawl: Teens Sentenced

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(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.


      • Freedomwasawesome

        No they are just useless thugs that will never contibute to society!

        And there are consequences

      • Mike

        I pray you are not raising children if you think the punishment don’t fit the crime! Face it there are bad people in this world who need to be locked up! Are you serious or seriously uneducated! Your concern should be about the nightmares this lady is going to be having! Shame on you.

    • Freedomwasawesome

      As an adult that doesn’t care how old they are. You need to learn there are consequences for actions. And as an idiot you think it’s too harsh. Read again what they did stupid! They sould be put to death!

  • Levintria

    Just tryen to make my Whitehaven neighborhood look bad. It be just is safe as nowhere else. Know what im sayen.

  • LaDarius

    Typical of the ghetto… And we were doing so well, cold weather keeping them in-doors, and with the lack of power from MGLW! Since no one with sense has instituted a curfew for the negligent youth of said ghetto neighborhoods, maybe the power and utilities should just be cut off from those areas, say daily between 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.? Sounds good to me – without a curfew for the delinquents, probably the next best thing. This would have definitely helped the poor old lady out, and kept the thugs from breaking the law!

  • Joe

    I love a happy ending. So glad these low-lifes who were likely participating in a gang initiation got no parole. I wish them the worst, for the sake of humanity, in prison.

  • hateliberalcommies

    Melt these two gutter rats now. These wastes of oxygen will never do anything any better…

  • hatstoyou

    When will black women learn to keep their legs closed and stop breeding with thugs. Look at what you are producing when you constantly have babies by thugs and different daddies.

  • snowbeastsareuglyandstink

    These boys deserved the sentence they received but don’t you find it amusing the racist come on and babble like idiots on any story involving blacks? They get quiet as crickets when the story involves a white or make excuses. Dumb coward redneck snow beast.

  • White Cracker

    The percentage of white killing doesn’t compare to the Blacks. Not even close. I bet you are one of those that has to have one of those nasty white girls but you say white people are snow beast. Be thankful you are here with us and for your family selling your ancestors. If not you would still be playing Ape and Gorilla in the Jungle.

    • Joe Bo

      Whitecracker is just too ignorant, we were doing fine in Africa, had no desire to leave. Your ancestors, fled the slums and ghettos of europe by the hundreds and thousands. Ever ask yourself why? You people invinted slums and ghettos, you need to learn your history. You are the descendants of this Eurotrash.

  • mr.matt

    yea they are just fine in west africa where blacks own blacks now, owned blacks then and will own blacks forever. SEPARATE BUT PEACEFUL is the solution

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