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Date of Issue: July 16, 2008

Cramer home invasion suspect denied self-representation

One of the two suspects in the April 17 home invasion in Anna Maria involving former City Commissioner Linda Cramer was denied a request to act as co-counsel in his trial.

Judge Janette Dunnigan denied the June 25 motion by Michael Gambuzza to be a member of his own legal team. Currently, Gambuzza and suspect Christopher Drescher are represented by Michael Reiter of the public defender’s office.

Drescher and Gambuzza both remain in the Manatee County jail on a $175,000 bond each after a motion for a bail reduction was denied by Dunnigan in June.

The suspects are formally 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.