36 and a half years.
That’s how much time 54-year-old Robin Lee Kraemer will spend behind bars.
Kraemer was the primary caregiver for 9-year-old Cameron Hoopingarner who weighed just 15-pounds when he died in February.
She is the first of four people to be convicted in the starvation and neglect case.
The Division 6 Courtroom at the Vigo County Court house was a small room, but packed full of silent emotion during Kraemer’s sentencing.
When the defendant addressed Judge Michael Lewis she cried, saying she was “sorry for everything.”
“The appropriate thing, if she couldn’t handle it any longer, would have been to, you know, try to get him in a nursing home or contact DCS, or contact someone and say ‘I can’t do this anymore,’ but she didn’t do that,” says Prosecutor Terry Modesitt.
As Kraemer walked to the courtroom, WTWO was there.
This case is not seen as a violent crime in the eyes of the law, but when Judge Lewis handed down the sentencing he said it was torturous.
“[Judge Lewis] is to sentenced according to the sentencing guidelines of the state of Indiana and also according to you know, the evidence and the convictions that were received,” says Modesitt. “I think the court did a good job in deciding, you know, what the fair sentence was in this case.”
The length of Kraemer’s sentence is more than 36 years.
Couple that with her age and this sentence could potentially become a more serious punishment.
“Cameron got a life sentence,” says Modesitt. “I mean, his life was taken. And in my opinion it could have been easily avoided. But it wasn’t. I mean, they were doing drugs in the home. I don’t think any punishment was too harsh of a punishment in this case.”
Kramer has been convicted with neglect of a dependent resulting in death, which is a level one felony along with eight other lesser counts.
This case is far from over.
Three others charged in this case, Sarah Beth Travioli, Chad Allen Kraemer and Hubert A Kraemer stand trial after the first of the year.
Kraemer and her defense attorney plan to appeal the sentencing.
We will of course, continue following this story as it develops.