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Stalker gets 3 months in prison

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A 40-year-old Minden man, convicted of stalking his ex-wife, was sentenced Wednesday to three months in jail and urged to use the time to examine personality traits Justice Jim EnEarl said are similar to serial killer Ted Bundy.

EnEarl said he didn’t believe Richard Schrader would benefit from court-ordered counseling, so he told the man to study the rambling statement Schrader read prior to sentencing.

In the statement, Schrader said he couldn’t see why authorities didn’t charge his former wife with obstructing justice and lying to authorities. He claimed he was denied justice because the victim is a Douglas County employee. He admitted the charges, but said the victim and others were responsible. Schrader was convicted of sending vulgar or threatening writing and stalking.

The victim told EnEarl that she feared for her life.

“I am afraid of him and I continue to be afraid because he is unstable,” she said. “I want to be able to do what I want without looking behind my back. I want to be able to go out without an escort. I fear he doesn’t understand that he did anything wrong … that he could do this to somebody else in the future.”

Schrader has a prior conviction for spousal abuse of his first wife. He told the court he is engaged to marry a woman in Germany and wants to leave the country.

“I don’t want to make a comparison in the manner in which you conducted yourself, but the nature of your statement is frighteningly similar to statements made by several serial murderers I have studied over my past 35 years in law enforcement,” EnEarl said.

“I am not saying you might become a serial murderer, but the traits are similar. You are bright, well-spoken, and like Ted Bundy, never accepted responsibility for your actions.”

He sentenced Schrader to six months in Douglas County Jail on each count, suspended, with three months to be served. As a condition of probation, Schrader is forbidden to contact the victim, her family, friends or co-workers by any means.