WEST HOLLYWOOD—On Monday, November 23, former medical marijuana owner plead guilty to charges of conspiracy in federal court.
Andrew Harrison Kramer, 41, pleaded guilty on the charge of conspiracy to distribute 1,000 kilograms of marijuana. Kramer, along with at least five other people, was accused of shipping pot to South Carolina and other areas for hundreds of thousands of dollars. He has been tied to a total of eight dispensaries.
Kramer’s guilty plea came with a deal that would make it so that prosecutors would not ask for more than 16 years to be served along with his previous sentence, in relation to another crime, noted Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Childs.
According to West Hollywood Patch.com, Kramer was convicted in 2014 of attempting to burn down the home of a rival. Kramer pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy each to commit home invasion robbery, stalking, and attempting to commit arson. He also pleaded guilty to three counts of arson of an inhabited area and two counts of arson. Kramer faced allegations of using an accelerant in order to commit the arson.
The suspect confessed to hiring people, who ended up attacking his former landlord, George Lanning and his family which included his wife and his three adult children. The people Kramer hired broke into Lanning’s home and assaulted his wife with a metal bar, as well as one of his sons. They also set fire to one of Lanning’s residents on San Vicente Boulevard. The family’s Beverly Hills home was set on fire twice between July 2008 and September 2012.
Kramer was sentenced to 25 years in jail and was order to pay $1 million in restitution for the arson charges that he admitted to. The sentencing for his conspiracy to distribute drug charge will be held on January 25.