Cuyahoga County

Teen gets 20 years in prison for brutal attack on elderly couple


Cleveland -- A judge sentenced a Cleveland teenager to 20 years in prison Tuesday for his role in a brutal home invasion in which he and his cousin pistol-whipped an elderly couple and forced the woman into the trunk of her car and drove her around the city while trying to steal from her credit cards.

"The whole situation is absolutely reprehensible,'' said Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Maureen Clancy before she ordered Jermaine Eggleton, 18, to prison.

"What if someone did that to your grandmother or mother?'' the judge said, as Eggleton stared back at her.

Eggleton pleaded guilty last monthto aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, kidnapping, felonious assault, grand theft, theft and misuse of credit cards. Cuyahoga County prosecutors and defense attorney Fernando Mack had agreed to a recommended sentence of 13 to 20 years.

Mack urged leniency, while Norm Schroth, an assistant county prosecutor, pushed for 20 years in prison. Schroth called the crime "absolutely atrocious.''

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