Cramer home invasion trial set for January
The trial of the two men charged in the April 17, 2008, home invasion in Anna Maria involving former City Commissioner Linda Cramer has been scheduled for a jury trial Jan. 20, 2009.
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. Both entered not guilty pleas.
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.
Judge Janette Dunnigan previously declined to lower the bail of $175,000 each and both suspects remain in the Manatee County jail.
Drescher is represented by attorney Michael Reiter, while counsel for Gambuzza is John Fleck.
Cramer was beaten and robbed at the home of her boyfriend, Joe Pandolph of Crescent Drive, after two men posing as delivery men forced their way into the house looking for cash, jewelry or other valuables. Pandolph was not at home at the time of the attack.
Cramer received multiple facial bruises in the incident when she struggled with her attackers.