- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A D.C. teen was sentenced to seven years in prison Tuesday for beating an 81-year-old woman whose home he burglarized.

Tyran McElrath, 18, pleaded guilty in February to a count of first-degree burglary and a count of aggravated assault and faces five years of supervised release at the end of his prison sentence.

McElrath, who sources said was a ward of the District’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services at the time of the Nov. 7 attack, was wearing a GPS monitoring bracelet during the crime and was tracked to and inside the woman’s home.

Police said McElrath broke into the woman’s home through a rear window. When the two encountered each other in the woman’s living room, the woman asked McElrath to leave. McElrath began cursing at the woman and hit her several times in the face until she fell unconscious.

When the woman regained consciousness, she found her laptop computer in the front yard and her door open. Her drawers and file cabinets had been searched, and several items inside the home had been moved around. Money from the woman’s change purse had been taken.

The woman suffered bruises and broken teeth and was hospitalized for several days. Prosecutors said she was no longer able to live alone and her health declined until she recently died.