Oak Brook couple pleads guilty to sending letters to judges
An Oak Brook couple pleaded guilty Monday to sending letters, one of which was threatening, to two DuPage County judges, authorities said.
Sanford Kramer, 65, and his wife, 57-year-old Cynthia Kramer, both of the 100 block of Saddlebrook Lane, entered their pleas before Kendall County Judge John McAdams, who was brought in specifically to hear the case.
Sanford Kramer pleaded guilty to one count of threatening a public official, authorities said. Cynthia Kramer pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for filing a false crime report.
Both were sentenced to two years of probation and to 34 days in jail, to be served at 50 percent. Both were released from custody Monday after serving 17 days since their arrest.
Prosecutors said the Kramers sent three letters in August to two DuPage judges -- two from Sanford and one from Cynthia. One of Sanford Kramer's letters was threatening in nature, authorities said.
The two were taken into custody without incident on Aug. 28 at their Oak Brook home.
"My office takes any threat or harassment against any officer of the court or member of our judiciary very seriously," DuPage State's Attorney Robert Berlin said in a written statement. "The fair and impartial administration of justice requires that members of the judiciary or any other officer of the court be permitted to execute their statutory duties free from harassment or fear of retribution."