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Roseville man convicted of boat wreck in Otter Tail County

FERGUS FOLLS, Minnesota. Relatives of the Elysian who died in the crash said the 74-year-old yachtsman who caused the collision stole more than just their loved one in Otter Tale County in northwestern Minnesota last year.

The wife, daughters and sisters of 52-year-old Neil “Pat” Baker testified emotionally in Otter Tale County Court Wednesday before Judge Sharon Benson sentenced Roseville-based Charles Willis Gramith to 113 days in prison and two months of house arrest. In August, Grameet pleaded guilty to a felony car murder that claimed he caused the accident that left Baker instantly dead.

“The defendant took more than one person,” said Baker’s daughter, Hayley Baker. “He destroyed a family, a lifetime of memories.”

Four other charges were dropped, including three alleging that Graham was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The count, whom he found guilty, said he had left the crash site.

He will receive a loan for four days of service. He also has to hold annual presentations on the safety of water transport for 10 years, that is how long his probationary period will last.

According to the criminal lawsuit, Grahamite crashed into his boat on August 22, 2020, into Baker’s docked boat on the northeastern side of Otter Tail Lake.

Baker’s wife, Pamela, told investigators that she was helping her husband tie the boat to their dock when they saw their next-door neighbor, Grameth, rushing towards them at great speed, court documents say. She then said that he was “hot on the trail,” before Grameet crashed into their boat, according to the criminal lawsuit.

As a result of the collision, Pamela Baker was knocked down. Neil Baker was found in the water.

The complaint says that Grameet told investigators that he drank two glasses of beer while driving the boat and one before. He then parked the boat on the lift, the complaint said.

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The complaint said that instead of going into the water to help Neil Baker, Grahamite went to his house for a glass of water because it was hot.

A preliminary test indicated that he had a blood alcohol content of 0.051 percent, but the doctor who prepared the toxicology report said that level was incompatible with the amount that Grameet reported drinking, according to the amended complaint.

The doctor said that Gramith’s blood alcohol level should have been 0.081 percent, or just above the legal limit, the complaint said. The doctor added that the medications Gramith was taking at the time could have increased the harmful effects of alcohol, according to the complaint.

Gramitt faced up to 10 years in prison on charges of murder by car. Gramit’s lawyer, Debbie Lange, said his lack of a criminal record, cooperation with the investigation and other factors helped him get a lower sentence.

The family remembered how kind and caring Neil Baker was, adding that he loved nature and the lake. His death was tragic, pointless and shattered the family’s memories created on the lake, his sister Colleen Keough said.

“Pat was a very good person and you weren’t,” she said, referring to Gramith, adding that his bad judgment stole Neil Baker from them. “I hope you will suffer for the rest of your life as we do.”

Throughout the hearing, Grameet showed little emotion. He said he was sorry for what happened and would think about the Bakers every day for the rest of his life.

“I am taking responsibility for Pat’s death because I was driving the boat and did not go into the water to help,” said Grameet.

He is due to report to prison on December 28th.

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