WATERLOO (AP)-- A Black Hawk County jury has found a 17 year old guilty of beating an elderly man with a frying pan during a robbery attempt.
Jesse John Pearson, who was tried as an adult, was found guilty Friday of first-degree robbery, willful injury causing serious injury and going armed with intent. The verdict came after a day and a half of testimony and arguments in the case.
According to prosecutors, Pearson and another youth on July 14 gained entry to the home of 69-year-old Peter Weiss, who is developmentally disabled, by asking to use the telephone. As the second teen made a telephone, Pearson searched for something to steal and beat Weiss with a cast iron pan.
A sentencing date for Pearson faces up to 25 years in prison, was not set.
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