2001-07-28 / Front Page

"Miss Maggie" Murderer Gets 30 Years

"Miss Maggie" Murderer Gets 30 Years

By Gary G. Toms

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown recently announced that a 32-year old Far Rockaway man has been sentenced for the murder of his elderly neighbor.

The defendant, Eric Burton, of 54-30 Beach Channel Drive, received a sentence of 30 years to life for the killing of Maggie Stewart, an 81-year old woman who lived on the same floor as the defendant.

"This was an unprovoked attack. The defendant apparently thought that she had money in her possession and made the decision to rob and kill her," said District Attorney Brown.

According to Brown, the victim, affectionately known to area residents as "Miss Maggie", was followed into the building at about 8 p.m. last August 2. The defendant got into the elevator with her and rode to the fourth floor. Once they exited the elevator, Burton stabbed her repeatedly with a knife. As she lay mortally wounded, Burton searched her pockets and took her keys. He then entered her apartment and removed several items.

"The defendant confessed to this horrible crime, in a proceeding before Supreme Court Justice Robert J. Hanophy on June 28," stated Brown.

Assistant District Attorney Barry S. Weintraub, of District Attorney Brown’s Homicide Trials Bureau, was in charge of the case.

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