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Date of Issue: January 28, 2009

Cramer home invasion trial postponed

The trial of the two men charged in the April 17, 2008, home invasion in Anna Maria in which former Commissioner Linda Cramer was injured has been postponed to March, according to the Manatee County Circuit Court clerk’s office. The jury trial was scheduled on the docket for the trial period for Judge Gilbert Smith Jr. that ends Jan. 30, but a continuance was requested last week.

Suspects Michael Gambuzza and Christopher Drescher are charged with one count each of home invasion and robbery, a first-degree felony, and one count each of false imprisonment, a third-degree felony. Drescher and Gambuzza have entered not guilty pleas to the charges.

The home invasion charge carries a maximum sentence of 30 years upon conviction, while a guilty verdict for false imprisonment could bring up to 10 years jail time.

Cramer received multiple facial bruises in the incident when she struggled with her attackers.