Cuyahoga County

Burglars who beat Parma man with a frying pan get decade-plus sentences


CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Three men will each spend over a decade in prison after a burglary attempt that left a Parma man tied up and bleeding in his attic earlier this year.

Christopher Higgs, 19, Steven Lewis, 24 and William Garrett, 24, previously pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, kidnapping and felonious assault for the beating of Anthony Grilli who woke up to find the trio of robbing his home.

Higgs and Garrett were sentenced to 12 years each in prison, while Lewis, who suffers from a low-intelligence quotient, was sentenced to 11 years.

The three men boarded an RTA bus in the wee hours of Jan. 21, traveled across town and broke into Grilli's home in Parma. They woke Grilli up with a flashlight, prosecutors said, then beat him with a frying pan and tied him up with electrical cord.

Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecuting Attorney Jennifer King brought the dented frying pan to the sentencing.

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