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By Erin Tierney
Executive Editor 

Boy, 13, guilty of murder

Mom, officials struggled for years to find him help


August 22, 2019

A Creswell preteen pleaded guilty last week to murdering a 92-year-old woman on Creswood Drive earlier this year. The boy killed Erma (Sapp) Burnell, of Creswell, in her home on Jan. 7.

His name was mentioned in court, but The Chronicle generally does not publish names of juveniles under prosecution. As such, he will be referred to as "Norman," and his mother, who asked her name be withheld, as "Nancy."

She first heard her son on July 23 admit to killing the elderly blind woman in her home.

"I did not know the truth until then," she said. "And I still couldn't believe it. You think you...

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