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November 19, 2012

Inmate to stand trial in cellmate’s death

EBENSBURG — A state inmate who was being temporarily housed at the Cambria County Prison in August was ordered today to stand trial in county court on charges that he strangled his cellmate to death using a torn strip of bedsheet from the cell’s bunk.

William Amos Cramer, 21, is charged in the Aug. 4 death of 28-year-old William Sherry around 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 4, the same day when Sherry had been moved into the cell with Cramer.

Sherry, a Northern Cambria native who most recently had been living in Johnstown, had been in prison only four days on a a bench warrant for being delinquent in costs/fines payments and failing to report as required to his probation officer.

The defendant have been moved to the county prison on July 11 from the state Correctional Institution-Fayette on July 11 for a hearing in county court for two cases in which he was accused of assault corrections officers at Cresson State Prison.

State police alleged that Cramer staged the cell to make it appear that Sherry’s death had been a sucide. But in addition to the sheet tied the victim’s neck, his hands had been tied together behind his back and his ankles bound together, authorities said.

District Attorney Kelly Callihan and her chief deputy, Heath Long, called seven witnesses to testify at the three-hour preliminary hearing before District Judge Fred Creany.

Cramer is being represented by Public Defenders Ryan Gleason and Patricia Moore.


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