Man Gets Life for Robbing Store and Customers

October 26, 2011 by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee man gets 21 life sentences for a brazen hold up at a Dollar General.

There is surveillance video of three masked robbers in action. The men held up a Dollar General on Apalachee Parkway in July 2009.

During the hold up, deputies say, they robbed 12 customers at gunpoint and forced them into a bathroom.

Willie Burke was the only one arrested for the robbery. Deputies tracked him down by a single pinky print left behind at the scene.

Prosecutors say Burke grabbed a pair of gloves off the shelf during the robbery, put the gloves on and threw the packaging to the floor. Prosecutors say it was a fingerprint left behind on that package that led to Burke.

According to court records, Burke was found guilty today of nine counts of armed robbery, three counts of attempted robbery and 12 counts of kidnapping.

Burke was sentenced to 21 life sentences.


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  • by Mrs Burke Location: Havana on Jun 10, 2012 at 08:43 PM
    No body has the right if you read transcript you would know it was not him he has no ring tatto
  • by Terri on Oct 31, 2011 at 08:56 AM
    Everyone assumes he was guilty. Have you taken the time to ponder the possibility that he was innocent and that is why he didn't take a plea? Many individuals are convicted of crimes they never commit and this is just one more of them. Police never follow through and arrest any one else once they believe they have someone who can be charged with the crime.
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      by God Bless America on Oct 31, 2011 at 04:07 PM in reply to Terri
      No..he even looks guilty. That's enough for me.
  • by known this man on Oct 28, 2011 at 06:45 AM
    you never knw what ppl are capable of this man had a family that would do any and everything for him he didt have to be in that stroe he wasnt in need of anything he just got caught up in a life style and a mind frame that he invited for himself at a very young age he had already did 8yrs for some of the same things so some say 21 is alot he could have gotten 24 due to all 24 counts carried a life sentence.. everyone looks at the time he got but what about the ppl he locked in the bathroom or the embarrassment he bought to his family the amount they split outta that store his wife or sister could have handed it to him. besides he knw better then us what he did why not take the plea instead of going to trail...
  • by brittney brown-albert Location: tallahassee on Oct 28, 2011 at 06:43 AM
    OMFG man they charged him like he done killed the president. Who in the world sentence someone to 21 life sentences for robbing a dollar geneneral store. he already did his juvenile charge...and i bet they but that toward his charge too...and to Tim... how could he have been robbing since he was 15 while he was locked up... do your research!!!!
  • by kim Location: tallahassee on Oct 27, 2011 at 12:43 PM
    this is bull he had no tattoo
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      by vet on Oct 28, 2011 at 06:28 AM in reply to kim
      he had alot of tattoos didnt need them they got his fingerprints
  • by Brittany Location: Tallahassee on Oct 27, 2011 at 10:23 AM
    21 life sentences....dats so ridiculous and as far as wut he did when he was 15 he paid for that don't be judgemental (u ppl worship some of da biggst criminals evryday bt bcuz of their financial status or who dey know nd where they come from u overlook it) and I'm sure evryone on here has some
    done wrong n their life he gt caught u didn't be thankful nd dnt throw stones
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      by Mark on Oct 27, 2011 at 01:12 PM in reply to Brittany
      No excuse for this. You said he paid for what he did when he was 15. Didn't he learn ANYTHING? Went right back to robbing people. I hope that he never gets the chance to rob anyone else.
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      by OMG on Oct 27, 2011 at 02:42 PM in reply to Brittany
      For all that is holy, use your grammer skills!!!!
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      by Jim on Oct 28, 2011 at 03:52 AM in reply to Brittany
      I agree 21 life sentences is way over the top, all he did was rob a Dollar General and no one was killed or even shot. I don't think the sentence matches the crime.
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        by vet on Oct 28, 2011 at 06:29 AM in reply to Jim
        thats all u knw he did
  • by really? Location: everywhere on Oct 27, 2011 at 06:37 AM
    i absolutely agree that he needs a punishment, but how do some people kill others and get off with 15 years with good behavior in prison, no one died here, 1 life sentence would of been enough (if not over the top), but 21!!!! man gotta love our justice system!
  • by Tim on Oct 27, 2011 at 06:15 AM
    This kid has been robbing people since he was 15. About time!!!
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      by Yo on Oct 27, 2011 at 10:28 AM in reply to Tim
      Brutha just be doin his thing...
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        by known this man on Oct 28, 2011 at 06:45 AM in reply to Yo
        he didnt have to he aint need it
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        by brittney on Oct 28, 2011 at 06:51 AM in reply to Yo
        and first of all the man been locked up most of the time, so how in the hell he was robbing since 15...come correct!!!
  • by US Soldier on Oct 27, 2011 at 04:52 AM
    Crime doesn't pay that's for sure.
  • by Tom Location: TLH on Oct 26, 2011 at 06:10 PM
    There is no cure for stupid.
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      by Billy on Oct 27, 2011 at 03:13 AM in reply to Tom
      Yes there is....DEATH!
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      by Natty Bumppo on Oct 27, 2011 at 04:23 AM in reply to Tom
      Pretty sure the symptoms are going to be treated with a long prison sentence.
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