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Date of Issue: February 04, 2009

Cramer home invasion trial delayed again

The on-again off-again trial of the two men charged in the April 17, 2008, Anna Maria home invasion involving former City Commissioner Linda Cramer has been rescheduled to the March 23 court docket.

Suspects Michael Gambuzza and Christopher Drescher were slated for a jury trial to begin Jan. 20.

The two men 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.

The suspects remain in the Manatee County jail on a $175,000 bond each and Judge Janette Dunnigan previously declined to lower the bail amount.

Cramer was beaten and robbed at the home of Cramer’s 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.