Man gets 70 years, more time after calling judge a ‘coward’

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — It was a heated day in a Tippecanoe County courtroom Tuesday, earning a convicted robber even more time behind bars.

Twenty-five-year-old Steven Burns was sentenced to 70 years in the Department of Corrections.

Earlier this month, a jury found him guilty of several charges, including burglary while armed with a deadly weapon, robbery resulting in bodily injury and criminal confinement.

Court documents say Burns and two other men beat and robbed an elderly couple at a home on North 28th Street in August.

The men threatened  the homeowners, hit the husband in the head with a gun, and got away with cash, credit cards, and valuables.

Hours later, the items were recovered after a brief police standoff on 30th Street.

Burns, his 23-year-old brother Joseph Burns, and 27-year-old Adam Smith were arrested.

In court Tuesday, Steven Burns called Judge Steven Meyer a “cowardly b***ch.” That earned Burns an additional 180 days in prison.

Burns also refused to sign a no-contact order for the victims, so the judge had to order him not to contact them.

According to online court records, Joseph Burns has a change of plea hearing set for Wednesday. Adam Smith is scheduled for a jury trial in December.

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