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Judge denies defense motion to suppress evidence for trio of PA defendants

Judge denies defense motion to...

A legal setback today for three local people found with a cache of weapons in their vehicle near the Holland Tunnel.

Their request to get some evidence tossed out was denied, meaning John Cramsey and his two passengers still face numerous weapons charges.

John Cramsey's attorney says his client is holding up well. He is disappointed that the judge denied the motion to suppress evidence and says the next step is hoping for a favorable plea deal.

"Because of all the notoriety the case has gotten, they want to make a fair offer but they want to make an offer that is deemed to be equitable under the circumstances," said attorney, James Lisa.

But what that offer will be is anyone's guess right now.

John Cramsey, Kimberly Arendt, and Dean Smith learned the motion to suppress evidence was denied, meaning the cache of weapons discovered when the trio was arrested, will be allowed.

The three were stopped in June of 2016 outside of the Holland tunnel.

John Cramsey said they were on a mission to rescue a teen who witnessed her friend overdose on drugs. That teen has since passed away from an overdose as well.

"Obviously my client is at the center of all of this,” said Lisa. “I don't believe the state will be as harsh in their approach to the two other defendants as they will to my guy."

Those comments come after Lisa told a judge his client was denied entry into the first time offenders program.

Dean Smith has also been denied entry into the program, and Kimberly Arendt just filed her application to the program.

There is still hope for the trio, in the form of a plea deal.

"Give an offer by Friday,” judge Mitzy Galis-Menendez told the prosecution. “It's too long, I have to move this case. Whether there is an offer or not, that is up to the state. I take no position on that."

Lisa says his client will not accept a deal that will require doing time in state prison.


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