Man accepts eight years in prison

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

A rural Brownstown man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty last week.
Erich S. Kraemer, 24, last Tuesday signed a guilty plea for the charges of possession of methamphetamine precursors and theft more than $500.
Judge James Roberts sentenced Kraemer to eight years in prison on the charge alleging that on April 26 of this year, he possessed pseudoephedrine “in a form other than a standard dose form, with the intent that it be used to manufacture (10-20 grams) of a substance containing methamphetmine.”
The charge is a Class 1 felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Roberts gave Kraemer a seven-year sentence on the charge that alleges that on April 26, Kraemer stole a number of items – including a computer screen, Weedeater and four semi-truck batteries – from Frailey Repair in Brownstown.
The theft charge is a Class 3 felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
Kraemer will serve the two prison sentences concurrently, and concurrently with two seven-year prison terms on two other charges on which he was previously convicted.
In signing the guilty plea last week, Kraemer also admitted that he had violated his probation on underlying charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, burglary and arson.
Those charges alleged that on July 12 of last year, Kraemer stole a 2010 Chevrolet pickup, broke into Belpark in rural Shobonier and damaged by fire Ron’s Greenhouse, also in rural Shobonier.
When he was placed on probation last August, Kraemer was ordered to pay restitution totaling $5,095.20, according to court records.