Inmate in lockdown for misdeeds on furlough
WAILUKU – A man awaiting sentencing in a drug case that was argued before the state Supreme Court is in lockdown at the Maui Community Correctional Center after he was found to have violated conditions of a release pass last month, attorneys said.
Stephen Cramer Jr., 27, of Wailuku was sanctioned with the 30-day lockdown after he was found guilty June 24 of deviating from his furlough conditions by being in possession of a prohibited item – a cellphone – and lying about his whereabouts, said Deputy Prosecutor Tracy Jones.
She also said Cramer had been “basically stalking” his girlfriend after being told to stay away from her residence in Wailuku and not to contact her.
During a hearing Tuesday in 2nd Circuit Court, Jones opposed a request by Cramer to be released on supervision pending his sentencing, now set for July 30.
Second Circuit Judge Peter Cahill denied the request for supervised release and set bail for Cramer at $150,000. If he does post bail to be released, Cramer was ordered to have no contact with the woman. He also was ordered to report for random drug testing and abide by a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.
Cramer is awaiting sentencing on charges of second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, possessing drug paraphernalia and third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug.
The charges stem from Cramer’s arrest Sept. 19, 2007, when police found 17.5 grams of crystal methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and marijuana while executing search warrants for him, his car and his apartment. He was admitted into the Maui Drug Court program of treatment and supervision but was terminated from participation in September 2010 and then found guilty of the drug charges.
In January 2011, then-2nd Circuit Judge Shackley Raffetto sentenced Cramer to a 10-year prison term. He appealed, saying the court violated his constitutional right to be represented by an attorney of his choice by refusing to delay the sentencing so lawyer Hayden Aluli could represent him.
The state Intermediate Court of Appeals ruled that there was no violation of Cramer’s constitutional right before Cramer then asked the Supreme Court to review the appeals court order.
Convening on Maui for the first time since the mid-1800s, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Dec. 6 in the Baldwin High School Auditorium.
In an opinion for publication issued April 29, the Supreme Court said that the Circuit Court had “abused its discretion” by denying Cramer’s request for the delay to have another attorney represent him. The Supreme Court vacated Cramer’s 10-year prison term and sent the case back to 2nd Circuit Court for sentencing.
In court Tuesday, Deputy Public Defender Danielle Sears said Cramer was no longer on work furlough after jail adjudication hearings for two incidents. But she said he does have a job and planned to go back to school.
Cramer was found not guilty for one incident June 17 after officials couldn’t locate him when he was sick and was eventually found sleeping at his workplace, Jones said.
She said that in the other incident, his girlfriend reported being harassed by Cramer and someone related to her “chased him down the street with a baseball bat because he was stalking her.”
Cramer had used the woman’s address for a furlough pass even though he wasn’t welcome at the home, Jones said. She said Cramer had been the subject of an earlier temporary restraining order obtained by another girlfriend when he continued to have contact with her against her wishes.
Sears said the relationship between Cramer and his latest girlfriend was ending, and their altercation was part of that.
Cramer’s sentencing was delayed so the court could get an updated probation report on him.
* Lila Fujimoto can be reached at email@example.com.