He told the judge, "It should not have happened to her. I'm not a bad person."
Prouse said he stole the car after a drug dealer offered a sale in St. Albans. He asked Carper to forgive him.
King asked Carper for input on Prouse's sentence.
"What would you like to see me do in Mr. Prouse's case?" he asked her.
"I'm not qualified to say, except he needs help with his drug problem," she answered.
Prouse could be sentenced to five to 18 years in prison. His attorney asked that a prison sentence be deferred to see if he could get into a program for addicts or a facility for youthful offenders.
King said, "This is not a run-of-the-mill case. I understand Mrs. Carper and the terror she felt and the invasion of her person and privacy. But at the same time Mr. Prouse has a problem with drugs, which we see all too much."
The judge said he would consider Prouse's case and set sentencing for another date.
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