A Logan County man was fined Feb. 7 after pleading no contest to assault and attempting to commit a felony.Scott Kramer, 57, of Stapleton, was arrested July 30 and initially charged with simple assault, plus a felony count of possession of a stolen firearm.
Under a plea bargain, he pled no contest to third-degree assault and a reduced charge of attempted Class 4 felony, both of which are misdemeanors.
He was fined $300 plus court costs Feb. 7.
The assault charge stemmed from a confrontation between Kramer and someone he believed told law enforcement that one of Kramer’s associates was wanted for arrest in Lincoln County, according to Logan County Sheriff Sean Carson.
Carson said the circumstances surrounding the gun charge are less cut-and-dried. At some point while Kramer was moving out of a home, a firearm belonging to Kramer’s former landlord went missing.
The landlord spoke with Josh Schiltz, who helped Kramer during the move, and asked about the firearm’s whereabouts, Carson said.
Schiltz said he had the firearm, but denied taking it in the first place. He returned the gun to the landlord, but he was charged with possession of a stolen firearm, the sheriff said.
Carson said he collected witness statements, indicating Kramer vowed to not let Schiltz take the rap for stealing the firearm, saying he would “make it right, and tell the sheriff I took the gun.”
However, after Kramer was also charged with possession of a stolen firearm, neither he or Schiltz were willing to speak with law enforcement, Carson said.
Schiltz pled guilty to a reduced charge of criminal mischief. He was fined $150, plus $50 in court costs, on Jan. 18.