A Pennsylvania man arrested a year ago outside NY with a vehicle full of weapons on a self-described mission to rescue a teenager from a drug den pleaded guilty Monday to weapons charges, but said he would continue his battle against the scourge of drug addiction.
John Cramsey, 52, was arrested in June 2016, claiming he was on a mission to save a teenager who had allegedly been trapped inside of a drug den in Brooklyn, ABC7 reported. He told authorities they were going to rescue the girl.
Arendt was a former camp counselor of 18-year-old Jenea Patterson, who reached out after a girl she was with died of a drug overdose.
Cramsey, whose own daughter died from a heroin overdose a year ago in Allentown, is a vocal anti-drug crusader who most recently led a protest outside several Allentown hotels he claimed are havens for drug dealers.
Police recovered an AR-15 assault rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun, several handguns and tactical gear in the neon green and black vehicle. Cramsey said he would do it all again, but more carefully.
Her death led Mr. Cramsey to start an anti-heroin group on Facebook and stage interventions, which he said had helped dozens of drug users seek professional help. "I still would to this day".
Mr. Cramsey, from Zionsville, Pa., was pulled over because of a crack in his truck's windshield, the police said.
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Cramsey pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a gun and possession for an unlawful goal, each of which carry a maximum sentence of five years, with no parole for a year. Each count carries a maximum sentence of five years with no parole for a year, but under Cramsey's plea deal his attorney can apply for a probationary sentence that wouldn't include prison.
Two people who accompanied Cramsey - Dean Smith, of Whitehall, and Kimberly Arendt, of Lehighton - made deals with prosecutors this year to avoid a trial. If completed, the program can lead to charges being dropped.
His attorney, James Lisa, said Cramsey plans to appeal to a higher court for probation. In an interview with investigators played in court in June, Smith said that during the trip to New York, Cramsey told Arendt to load a shotgun and shoot anybody who followed them on their way back.
He also described Cramsey as "a danger to himself and others". It's illegal to carry weapons or explosives through the tunnel. It doesn't recognize carry permits from other states, and guns in cars must be kept locked and unloaded in a trunk or secure container.
Cramsey said the notoriety from the case has made him a lightning rod in the battle against opioid addiction, and that he receives calls from people "all over the world".
"This is an ongoing thing, I don't stop". Last month, prosecutors said the two could be called to testify against Cramsey.
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