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Second defendant in car burglary sentenced

By Staff | May 9, 2017

One of two men charged with burglary after they stole a purse from a car while a child was present was sentenced to 30 months in prison Tuesday.

William Kristopher Geertse, 44, pleaded no contest moments before jury selection was concluded in a Lee County courtroom, a release from the State Attorney’s Office states.

Geertse was adjudicated guilty of burglary of an occupied conveyance and grand theft.

The charges stem from an incident at a gas station in Cape Coral in 2016 where the victim’s purse was stolen from her vehicle while her 9-year-old son was inside the car. Geertse acted as a lookout while a co-defendant stole the purse.

Assistant State Attorney Mary Anderson handled the case.

The co-defendant, Nathan Fatic, 40, who took the purse from the vehicle, was sentenced previously to 84 months in prison for burglary of an occupied conveyance and grand theft.

The sentence also was for combined charges from a separate case that resulted at the time of his arrest of; possession of paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, manufacture of a controlled substance and trafficking in amphetamines.

Assistant State Attorney Agnieszka Osowicka handled that case.

Source: State Attorney’s Office, 20th Judicial Circuit