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Texas man receives two life sentences for repeatedly robbing elderly women

Erik White ambushed a 94-year-old woman while she was setting out her garbage, before beating and robbing her.
By Matt Bradwell Follow @mckb26 Contact the Author   |   Aug. 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM
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FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A 23-year-old man will serve two life sentences for repeatedly targeting and robbing elderly women in the North Texas area.

Erik White admitted to the Tarrant County district attorney's office that he shoplifted daily, and actively targeted elderly people, looking for high-end cars with handicap plates.

White's first life sentence is for beating and robbing a 94-year-old woman in her Benbrook, Texas, home. Disguised by masks and gloves, White and two accomplices attacked the woman as she was taking out her trash on June 11, 2013. They then proceeded to drag the victim into her home, where she was restrained with duct tape while the house was robbed. White was apprehended on foot after a neighbor reported a suspicious vehicle in the woman's driveway.

White's second life sentence is for another 2013 robbery, in which White held a 72-year-old woman at gunpoint just two days before the failed home invasion.

Eighteen-year-old accomplice Dvonte Chadwick also pleaded guilty to robbing the 94-year-old victim. Unlike White, Chadwick had no prior criminal history. Despite the clean record, the judge offered Chadwick no leniency due to 13 separate disciplinary incidents in the 14 months he was in custody awaiting trial, sentencing the teen to 30 years in prison.

White's third accomplice, James Edward Burns, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery in June in exchange for a reduced 25-year sentence.

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