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Date of Issue: March 11, 2009

Cramer home invasion trial scheduled March 23

The trial of two men charged in the April 17, 2008, Anna Maria home invasion involving former Anna Maria City Commissioner Linda Cramer is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. March 23 at the Manatee County Judicial Center.

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.

The suspects have been in the Manatee County jail on a $175,000 bond each since they were arrested about a week after the incident.

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 reportedly 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.