A husband and wife burglary team will serve lengthy prison terms for burglarizing a Platte County home and stealing children's change and jewelry, according to the Platte County prosecutor.
Stephen Hamer, 33, of Gower, was sentenced to 26 years in prison Jan. 3 after pleading guilty to burglary and stealing. His wife, Amy Hamer, 38, also of Gower, was sentenced to 15 years for burglary that same day after being found guilty in a Dec. jury trial.
"While these sentences may appear severe, the defendants have earned every day in prison. They have long criminal histories, and this case is particularly aggravated. Amy Hamer pretended to be in need so she could lure a man from his home while her husband burglarized it," Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said in a news release.
According to the evidence presented at Amy Hamer's jury trial, Nov. 15, 2011, the defendants concocted a plan for her to coax the victim, who worked from home, away from his home on Second Creek Road in Platte County.
Amy Hamer told the victim she had been kicked out of her boyfriend's truck and needed a ride to the Smithville library. Amy then sent her husband a text messages stating "gone" and "now" once she had successfully drawn the victim away from his home.
While the victim was gone, Stephen Hamer forced open the back door and stole jewelry and large containers of coins belonging to the children of the home.
Stephen Hamer later pawned the stolen jewelry at the American Gold Mine in St. Joseph. The victim was able to positively identify and recover the stolen jewelry.
According to Zahnd, both defendants have lengthy criminal histories and were charged by his office as prior and persistent felony offenders.
Prior to sentencing Stephen Hamer, Judge Abe Shafer observed that the victim in the case seemed like the kind of person who would have helped him put food on the table for his kids and clothes for their kids if he had only asked for help, instead of stealing from him.
"These defendants took advantage of one man's kind nature, luring him out of his home by claiming to need assistance while they burglarized his home. This sentence sends a clear message that taking advantage of a Good Samaritan and stealing money from children will be met with a lengthy prison term," Zahnd said.
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