2 sentenced for robbing, beating elderly Burton man in his home

info@islandpacket.comFebruary 28, 2013 

From left to right, Kurtis Edwards, Lauren Baughman and Donald Peters were setenced for their roles in a 2011 home invasion.

A Seabrook man has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for his role in a 2011 home invasion that resulted in a 70-year-old Burton man being severely beaten.

Donald Peters, 40, was convicted Wednesday of first-degree burglary, armed robbery and assault and battery after a two-day trial, according to a news release from the 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office.

On June 29, 2011, neighbors found the man staggering in his yard, bloody and dazed. According to the release, the man had invited two prostitutes into his home. One of the prostitutes unlocked the door, and after the prostitutes left, two men broke in, beat him in the head with a police baton and stole about $3,000.

Detectives tracked down one of the women and uncovered a plot between 24-year-old Lauren Baughman, 29-year-old Kurtis Edwards and Peters to rob the man after he fell asleep.

During the robbery, Peters beat the man, while Edwards restrained his dog.

"They were looking for an easy mark," said Assistant Solicitor Meredith Bannon of the Career Criminal Prosecution Unit. "They picked a victim who they thought wouldn't report the crime to the police. These three dangerous criminals went to extreme lengths to get money to score more drugs. This case shows the sad consequences of prescription pill addiction in our community."

Baughman and Edwards were also sentenced for their roles in the robbery.

Baughman, of Burton, pleaded guilty Monday to accessory after the fact and was sentenced to five years in prison, a reduced sentence in exchange for her testimony.

Edwards, also of Burton, pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary, armed robbery, assault and battery, possession of a controlled substance, and second-degree burglary for breaking into a barbershop earlier that evening. He was sentenced to 18 years.

Edwards and Peters each have previous federal bank-robbery convictions for separate incidents.

By law, both Edwards and Peters must serve at least 85 percent of their sentences before being eligible for parole, according to the release.

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