PLATTE CITY, Mo. — A Northland couple will be behind bars for a long time after being sentenced for burglarizing a Platte County home and stealing change and jewelry from children.
Prosecutors announced that Stephen Hamer, 33, of Gower, was sentenced to 26 years in prison on Thursday 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 December jury trial.
According to prosecutors, the couple concocted a plan in which Amy Hamer would lure the victim – who worked from home – away from his residence on Second Creek Road in Platte County under the pretense that Amy Hamer needed a ride to the library after getting “kicked-out” of her boyfriend’s truck. While the victim was away from his home giving her a ride to the library, Amy Hamer signaled her husband that the home was empty, and he broke in and stole jewelry and large containers of coins belonging to the children of the home.
Prosecutors say that Stephen Hamer pawned the stolen jewelry at a St. Joseph, Missouri, pawn shop.
“While these sentences may appear severe, the defendants have earned every day in prison,” said Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd in a statement. “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.”
The couple both have long criminal histories, and were charged as prior and persistent felony offenders, Zahnd said in a statement.