November 7, 2016
A 31-year-old Westside man convicted of felony sexual abuse has hired a West Des Moines attorney to review his case prior to his sentencing hearing later this month — in which a judge will decide the man’s punishment.
The judge found Jeromie Kramer guilty of two felony sex crimes in October for abusing a 12-year-old child relative two years ago. He faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 28.
Kramer was initially set to be sentenced Nov. 14, but he shed his court-appointed attorney about a week ago in favor of a defense attorney from West Des Moines.
Kramer had asked for the court-appointed attorney — who is paid up-front by the state — because he could not afford to pay one. He was suspended without pay from his job at The Graphic Edge after his arrest and was later fired.
The new attorney, Alexandra Fraiser, began representing Kramer about a week ago.
In Fraiser’s request to postpone Kramer’s sentencing hearing, she wrote that she needs additional time to review his court file and a transcript of the trial before the hearing.
Kramer’s former attorney, Mark Rasmussen, asked for a new trial late last month after Kramer’s victim wrote a letter to the judge asking for leniency.
District Judge Gary McMinimee — who had found Kramer guilty — denied the request.
Kramer was guilty of sexual abuse and lascivious acts with a child. Both are punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and Kramer must go to prison under Iowa law because the crimes are considered “forcible felonies.” McMinimee cannot suspended the sentences.
Prison inmates in Iowa often serve a little less than half of their total possible sentence.
McMinimme will decide whether Kramer should face up to 10 or up to 20 years in prison — whether Kramer will serve the sentences concurrently or consecutively.