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Letter: State Attorney is weak on crime

Anyone who reads the crime reports in the Alachua Chronicle should be deeply concerned that the State Attorney is WEAK ON CRIME.

Brian Kramer is the State Attorney for the 8th Judicial Circuit that includes Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, and Union counties. Many people that I’ve spoken with, including many law enforcement officers, believe that the State Attorney is failing law-abiding citizens.  

Law enforcement is working hard to apprehend violent criminals while the State Attorney fails to prosecute them.

Every day the Alachua Chronicle posts another story about a convicted felon in possession of a firearm having their charges dropped by the State Attorney instead of being sent back to prison.

Shouldn’t there be zero tolerance for gun violence? Nope.The State Attorney routinely drops all the charges and releases the convicted felons right back on the street.

As reported by the Alachua Chronicle on June 9th: 

“Williams was wanted on a warrant, and Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ASO) received information that he was at an apartment with a woman and six children under the age of 17. Williams allegedly told the woman he was going to kill the children, causing her to flee the apartment with an infant…

“On April 1, Williams was arrested after allegedly stealing a gun from a woman, pointing it in her face, providing a false name to deputies, and fleeing. He posted $35,000 bail and was ordered to have no contact with the victim and not to return to Majestic Oaks. He was charged with grand theft of a firearm, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, providing false identification to law enforcement, and resisting arrest. All of the charges except resisting arrest were dropped on May 20.”

Yes; you read this correctly. Just days after having charges of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon dropped by the State Attorney, the same convicted felon allegedly held five children hostage in a bedroom, telling a woman he was going to kill the children.

Brian Kramer is an embarrassment to law abiding citizens. Kramer is WEAK ON CRIME and has misplaced priorities.

Kramer’s recent “woke” OpEd in the Gainesville Sun is a textbook example of misplaced priorities under his failed leadership. In the OpEd, Kramer states that he has created an entirely new program at taxpayer expense to help restore the voting rights of convicted felons. This is not the role of the State Attorney.

The Clerk of the Court, not the State Attorney, is responsible for determining whether all fines, fees, costs, and restitution ordered as part of the felony sentence have been paid by convicted felons seeking to restore their voting rights under Amendment 4.

The State Attorney should be focusing on prosecuting criminals instead of constantly dropping charges and creating an entirely new program at taxpayer expense to help restore the voting rights of convicted felons. Under Brian Kramer, violent criminals seemingly have more rights than victims of violent crime.

While violent criminals are having their felony charges dropped by the State Attorney, Brian Kramer seems to be more concerned with campaigning for his employee Sean Brewer, who is running for judge.  Just like his boss, Assistant State Attorney Sean Brewer is also WEAK ON CRIME.

As the prosecutor, Assistant State Attorney Sean Brewer never filed charges against a convicted felon in possession of a firearm who shot and paralyzed a victim in High Springs. According to the court records, the convicted felon, who was sitting in jail for 30 days with bond set at $700,000 was released without ever being charged.

Excerpt from arrest report of George Mack Strawder III on May 29, 2020

Yes; you also read this correctly. Another convicted felon in possession of a firearm shoots and paralyzes someone. Sean Brewer fails to file felony charges and the convicted felon is released right back on the street to commit another crime.

Excerpt from motion to release Strawder on his own recognizance. The charges were later dropped.

Sean Brewer is an embarrassment to law-abiding citizens.  

In closing, I am deeply concerned by what I am reading in the Alachua Chronicle and hope that they will continue to expose how the State Attorney is failing to protect law-abiding citizens by coddling criminals. The State Attorney is WEAK ON CRIME and prefers to be “woke” rather than prosecuting criminals. Convicted felons in procession of a firearm should be prosecuted and sent back to prison rather than having felony charges dropped and being turned loose on the street by the State Attorney. Brian Kramer and Sean Brewer are an embarrassment to law abiding citizens.  

Lloyd W. Bailey, Jr., Newberry

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  • That was absolutely on point! Kramer must be removed by the Governor and all his assistants with the same lightness on crime. We do not need this in the eighth circuit. Too much crime and like LA and SF, the prosecutors are rather focusing on BS cases such as the Bosshardt Realty fiasco and other miniscual cases. Clean them all out now! We do not want these people in office. Just wait and see how the Bosshardt/SWAT Team raid FUBAR turns out. Some may be going to prison over that and NOT the defendants. By far the biggest conspiracy I have seen in my police career! Also, do not vote for Sean Brewer for circuit court judge.

  • Excellent letter.
    Unfortunately our state attorney and assistant state attorney don’t seem much better than the district attorney that the people of San Francisco just removed from office, and the one that the people of Los Angeles are likely to soon vote out..

    We will have opportunity to elect a circuit court judge who will uphold the law and serve justice to the those who perpetrate crime in our area.
    Vote for Nathan Skop for a judicial circuit court judge on August 23rd if you live in Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, or
    Union County.

  • This is deeply troubling. As Gainesville devolves into a government supported public alcohol parties attracting young people from all over North Central Florida with the associated crime shootings drunken driving all of which disturbs resident families and places hard-working cops in harm’s way … one gets the sense, supported by the evidence in this report and others in the region, that North Florida is becoming a dangerous place for ordinary citizens.

  • Good letter. Yes, it makes no sense that convicted
    Felons with guns keep doing it over and over again.
    These felons are extremely dangerous! I don’t know
    What the problem with Kramer & Brewer are…is it
    Being “woke”? Whatever it is, they should be held
    Responsible for dropping the ball when a felon with
    A gun does it again. Whatever happened to 10,20, life
    When you’re a felon and use a gun? I believe in zero
    Tolerance for felons getting caught with guns. It should
    Be an automatic 10 years! That will stop it! We need to
    Start building more prison space to hold these A-holes.
    These types should have to wear leg & arm shackles
    Too while waiting for the court date to be sentenced.
    There should be NO dropping of charges for convicted felons getting caught with a gun. Does the legislature
    Need to put this in writing?

  • This article is misleading. Strawder is in prison on a gun charge for several years and the writer mostly complains about Brewer instead of title character Kramer. This seems like a thinly veiled political advertisement for Skop because he is lagging behind Brewer. I hate when media is hoodwinked by lawyer politicians like Skop.

    • Strawder is in prison on additional charges after Kramer & Co. dropped violent gun charges.

  • Who cares about Strawder…. victims (dead or alive) should be respected and crimes against them prosecuted. I’m sure that victim has a family. In addition to a law degree, Nathan Skop has earned an engineering degree and an MBA. What did Brewer study as an undergrad? Basket weaving? Skop is obviously well spoken, highly intelligent, energetic, and a problem solver. He won’t be off wining and dining the local “youths” – taking them to Jags games in Jax and so forth – instead of doing his job. Nor will he attempt to turn the 8th Circuit Court into a community center to register convicted felons to vote.

  • Brewers actions are directed by Kramer. I say this not to defend Brewer but to show that Brewer doesn’t stand up to his boss on behalf of gun crime victims when those crimes involve felons in possession of firearms.

  • Brewers actions are directed by Kramer. I say this not to defend Brewer but to show that Brewer doesn’t stand up to his boss on behalf of gun crime victims when those crimes involve felons in possession of firearms.

  • Those saying vote for Skop should take a second look at Weisman. His work as a prosecutor put away some heavy hitters with some bad charges and he was voted “Gang Prosecutor of the Year”. With the way Gainesville is going, maybe that will help get real sentences for those the SAO does charge. He has also done defense work and civil law. More well rounded and less controversial than Skop (in my opinion). But clearly by this piece, Brewer should not be an option.

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