A woman caught digging up a grave at a Hutchinson cemetery pleaded no contest Wednesday to criminal desecration of a dead body and criminal damage to property, according to Hutchinson Municipal Court records.
It’s not clear why Natasha Renae Holmes, 33, was removing dirt from the grave in Eastside Cemetery, 500 S. Cleveland, but she was arrested May 1. According to a report from the Hutchinson News, police officers went to the cemetery after its caretaker discovered the disturbed grave and took a report about it. They returned when Holmes arrived a short time later, upset that the grave had been refilled.
She told police why she was digging up the gravesite but police refused to reveal the reason, according to the Hutchinson News. Officers found a shovel nearby.
The cemetery is across the street from the main campus of the state prison in Hutchinson.
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“She admitted she was the one who dug into the grave,” which belongs to someone Holmes knew but not a relative, police Lt. Rob Rowe told the newspaper after her arrest. “She got pretty far, but she didn’t reach the casket.”
The person buried in the grave has been there for a few years, Rowe also said, according to the Hutchinson News. When Holmes was found, she didn’t seem to be intoxicated or mentally unstable, reports say.
Both of the crimes Holmes was convicted of are misdemeanors, which means she could face jail time when she is sentenced.