New, updated charges were approved Thursday for Sen. Kevin Cramer’s 42-year-old son, including an updated murder count following an incident that killed a North Dakota sheriff’s deputy.
Ian Kramer previously faced a charge of manslaughter, but prosecutors have now enhanced the charge to murder while fleeing from a police officer.
A murder charge indicates that the death occurred as a result of negligence rather than recklessness, and carries higher maximum penalties than manslaughter.
Ian Kramer could face up to 20 years in prison and a possible $20,000 fine. He is charged with nine charges, including four felonies.
Along with the murder charge, Ian Kramer faces charges of fleeing a police officer, preventing arrest, and reckless endangerment.
He also faces drug charges including possession of methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
The drug charges came after authorities said they found several grams of methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana in a backpack, as well as bags, rolled up dollar bills, smoking devices and lighters.
The son of a North Dakota senator has been charged with manslaughter after a police chase that led to the death of an officer
During Ian Kramer’s court appearance last week, District Judge Bobby Wheeler set cash bail at $500,000, which prosecutors had requested, and ordered a mental health evaluation.
A North Dakota senator says his son was involved in a police chase, the crash that led to the death of a sheriff’s deputy
In an earlier statement immediately following the Dec. 6 incident, Sen. Cramer said his son was experiencing a mental health episode at the time of the crash that claimed the life of 53-year-old Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Martin.
The senator said that his son “suffers from severe psychological disorders manifested by paranoia and severe hallucinations” and was with his wife, Chris, when he insisted on going to visit his brother Ike, who died in 2018.
According to a press release issued by Bismarck Police Departmentdeputies responded to Sanford Hospital at 4:30 p.m. on December 6 regarding reports of damage to an overhead door in the ambulance bay.
Sen. Cramer’s wife, Chris, took her son to the local hospital during a mental health episode, but Ian Cramer escaped, authorities said. From the hospitalHe stole his mother’s SUV and crashed the vehicle into the doors of the ambulance bay.
When officers arrived at the scene, the 42-year-old had fled the scene, but a mobile phone tracking device confirmed to police he was still in the stolen car.
Authorities said multiple agencies worked together to track down Ian Kramer, and he was eventually taken into custody.
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The police said so During the chaseIan Kramer crashed into Martin’s police cruiser, killing him instantly.
Senator Cramer’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.