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


TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Fireworks broke out in a Tippecanoe County courtroom Tuesday afternoon, 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 charges including robbery with a deadly weapon, criminal confinement, intimidation and battery.

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

In court Tuesday, 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.

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