Panty thief wants prison time
COLORADO SPRINGS ” A district judge on Tuesday granted a defendant’s unusual request to be sent to prison for breaking into women’s homes and stealing their undergarments, his attorney said.
Officials had recommended probation for Steven Quatkemeyer, 40, as part of a plea agreement in which he pleaded guilty to felony stalking and two counts of felony burglary. Prosecutors dropped several misdemeanors and six other felony counts in exchange for the plea.
“I apologize to the families affected from the bottom of my heart,” Quatkemeyer told the court. “After a couple of weeks of incarceration, I realized what I had done was very wrong.”
He also asked for a prison term.
“In light of the defendant’s request, I will send him to the Department of Corrections,” Acting 4th Judicial District Judge Barney Iuppa said.
Defense attorney Mark Rue said Quatkemeyer felt he needed the treatment programs offered by the state prison system.
Police arrested Quatkemeyer for stealing hundreds of pairs of lingerie and panties after a victim who had been subjected to repeated break-ins installed video surveillance equipment.
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