Feb. 27, 2014
The man who broke into multiple homes across Central Virginia was sentence on Thursday in Fluvanna County.
A judge sentence Kevin Scott Burchardt of Amherst County to 205 years in prison with all but 43 suspended.
In October, Burchardt plead guilty to 16 charges relating to a string of robberies in Fluvanna Co. in late 2012. Commonwealth Attorney Jeff Haislip said while the sentence in significant, the victims deserve justice.
“Their life has been changed forever,” Haislip said. “Every noise they hear around the house, they sit up and take notice and wonder if it's someone breaking in. If a car goes by the house they have to pay attention to that more than they normally would.”
Burchardt is facing charges in 19 localities for the string of break ins. Before sentencing in Fluvanna County, he was already set to serve an additional 34 years in prison on related charges.
His mother, Mary Beth Cobble testified on her son's behalf.
“He has 80 years now to serve in prison, and I hope and pray that this give all these folks that were adversely affected by my son peace and comfort knowing okay justice.”
During sentencing, Burchardt testified on his own behalf, taking full responsibilty for the crimes. He added that while his bi-polar disorder is not an excuse, it played a role in his actions. Saying that if he is not on medication, "I can't assure anyone I will be an upstanding citizen."
Both Burchardt and his mother gave emotional testimony saying they hope he could help bring awareness to mental illness.
Before the judge handed down her sentence Burchardt said, “however many decades I am locked up, I want to find ways to bring more awareness to people who suffer from these disorders."
Burchardt will be sentenced in Albemarle County on related charges in April.