Trio enter pleas, sentenced in 3-county theft spree

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Verona woman facing total of 31 charges, prison time

Three Verona residents accused of stealing more than $40,000 worth of property in Barry, Lawrence and Stone counties have entered pleas and been sen`tenced.

Amanda Shelby, 27, Jason Kramer, 24, and James Kramer, 61, all of Verona, faced multiple theft, tampering and child endangerment charges, and Amanda Shelby and James Kramer have been sentenced in courts in Barry and Lawrence counties.

According to court documents, Shelby pleaded guilty to four charges in Lawrence County, including theft of a credit card, two counts of theft of a firearm, and stealing of property worth more than $500 but less than $25,000, all class C felonies. Shelby was sentenced to four years in the department of corrections for each of the charges, and all sentences will run concurrently, with credit for jail time served.

Shelby is also facing multiple counts in Barry and Stone counties. In Barry County, she is facing 12 counts of stealing of property worth more than $500 but less than $25,000, class C felonies, one count of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, a class C felony, five counts of stealing of property worth less than $500, class A misdemeanors, and three counts of second-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, class A misdemeanors. In Stone County, she is facing four counts of stealing of property worth more than $500 but less than $25,000.

Failure to appear warrants were issued in Barry and Stone counties in April. Shelby was sentenced in Lawrence County in May.

Jason Kramer pleaded guilty to 13 charges in Barry County, including 12 counts of stealing of property worth more than $500 but less than $25,000, all class C felonies, and one count of first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle. He was sentenced to four years in the department of corrections.

In Lawrence County, Kramer is facing two counts of theft of a firearm and one count of theft of a credit card, all class C felonies. He was arraigned on Monday, and a new court date has yet to be set. He was not charged in Stone County.

The Verona Police Department also has charges against Amanda Shelby and Jason Kramer for alleged thefts and property damage in February 2014. Shelby pleaded guilty to stealing of property worth more than $500 but less than $25,000, a class C felony, and first-degree property damage, a class D felony. She was sentenced to four years in the department of corrections. Kramer is facing the same two charges, and that case is still working through the Lawrence County court system.

Kramer previously served three months in the Barry County jail for pleading guilty to receiving stolen property in November 2013.

James Kramer entered Alford pleas in Barry County in two separate cases. Kramer pleaded to eight counts of receiving stolen property, class C felonies. In the second case, from May of 2014, he pleaded to charges of unlawful possession, transport, manufacture, repair or sale of an illegal weapon, a class C felony, and unlawful use of a weapon, a class D felony.

He was sentenced to five years of supervised probation and 120 days of shock time in the Barry County jail, which he has served and received credit. He was not charged in Lawrence County.

Most of the charges stem from a three-county theft spree in 2014, where the items stolen were valued at more than $40,000.

According to probable cause statements, some of the allegedly stolen items recovered included: a 2012 carry-on box trailer with tools, a 2010 homemade trailer, a Pegasus vehicle diagnostic machine, a pink and brown purse with contents, a camp hunting bag and a Honeywell safe with .45-caliber ammunition.

More than two-thirds of the items that were stolen have been returned to their original owners.

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