A Kansas man was sentenced Thursday for the role he played in stealing a dying woman’s wedding ring and other belongings.
KSN reports Judge Christopher Magana sentenced 20-year-old Quanique D. Thomas-Hameen to serve over three years in prison for his role in the December 2013 crime.
Thomas-Hameen was found guilty earlier this year of misdemeanor theft and obstructing apprehension — a felony — for helping two friends steal personal items from 43-year-old Danielle Zimmerman as she was dying of a brain aneurysm in a Taco Bell parking lot.
Police said that Thomas-Hameen and two friends were inside the Wichita-area restaurant when they saw Zimmerman crash her car while pulling into the drive-thru. Instead of calling for help, it is believed that the two friends stole her purse, cellphone and wedding ring while she was unconscious in the car. Police said Thomas-Hameen drove the other two suspects from the crime scene.
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“Instead of trying to help her, somebody robbed her,” her husband, Kris Zimmerman, said at the time, according to the Daily Mail.
“What really appalled me — the wedding ring. How could you take somebody’s wedding ring off their finger?” he added.
Danielle Zimmerman died the next day at a local hospital after her family decided to take her off of life support
In court Thursday, Thomas-Hameen apologized to Zimmerman’s family and said he took responsibility for not saying something when he had the chance.
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According to KAKE, the apology had little effect on Kris Zimmerman, who told the judge he thought the man was a coward.
“While he may not have been directly involved in the crime, he benefited from the results. He also showed he was a coward for not standing up to help,” Zimmerman said. “You never know if she would be here today if you would have just stopped.”
A few of Zimmerman’s belongings were later recovered. Her wedding ring was never found.
The other two suspects in the crime are expected to stand trial later this year.
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