FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) An admittedly mentally ill man was sentenced Friday morning to killing and maiming a 30-year-old New Haven woman and leaving her body in a cemetery nearly a year ago.
Quinn Albers, 21, of Fort Wayne was sentenced by Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck to the maximum time of 65 years for murder and 2 1/2 yrs for abusing the corpse of 30-year-old Katherine Gick inside the Catholic Cemetery at 3500 Lake Avenue in October 2014. The sentences will be served consecutively.
The sentence falls in line with a plea agreement with county prosecutors Albers signed last month.
“I’m somewhat surprised because it seems like for the most part, nobody even wants to accept responsibility in the criminal justice system. They’ll do anything and everything they can to get away with something, so it set me back a little bit when the plea was accepted,” said Allen County Prosecutor Steve Godfrey.
Albers, who admitted to suffering from a mental disorder and other undisclosed issues, was arrested by police Oct. 20, across the road from the cemetery where Gick’s naked and maimed body was found. Her body had obvious signs of trauma to her head and neck, and there were items on top of her body that had been set on fire, as well as burns to her torso, pelvic area and arms, according to court documents.
Police found Albers, who was spotted running from the cemetery, with a black bag with knives – at least one with red stains and possible tissue remains on it – and a pink electronic device inside. Gick’s ID was also found in the bag.
Albers had injuries to his hands and torso and blood on his hands.
Albers was reportedly high on bath salts at the time. During the course of his court proceedings, Albers’ attorneys requested a mental health exam to determine whether Albers was suffering from mental disease or defect at the time he killed Gick. His attorneys had said they intended to use a defense of mental disease or defect.
During the plea hearing last month, Albers admitted to suffering from a mental disorder and other undisclosed issues, and told the court he was off his medication at the time of the crime.
Friday, Albers said he was “remorseful,” and said he is “not the type of person to do this.”
“What I’ve done is going to haunt me for the rest of my life and I’m truly sorry,” Albers said.
Gick’s family, of which there was roughly 15 members in the gallery, said they are ready to move on. They added that Albers’ remorse only served to make him “feel better but it doesn’t make us feel better.”
Albers wrote letters to the court, which were read by Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck.
According to Indiana law, Albers will serve 75 percent of his sentence.