published Thursday, March 6th, 2014

2 teens in Memphis shooting get prison for case where they forced woman to crawl to retrieve her purse

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two teenagers were sentenced to 17 years in prison each after pleading guilty to shooting an elderly woman and forcing her to crawl through her house to retrieve a purse.

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich says 16-year-old Christopher Bell and 18-year-old Iran White will not be eligible for parole.

The pair pleaded guilty Wednesday to especially aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and employing a firearm with intent to commit a felony.

The charges stem from a Nov. 27, 2012 incident when the pair went to the woman's house in Memphis and forced their way in before Bell shot the 72-year-old retired schoolteacher in the lower back.

White admitted to being a lookout, but told a judge Bell fired the weapon.

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