A Cowlitz County deputy prosecutor said Adrian Kramer faces between 26 and 33 years in prison at sentencing scheduled next Wednesday.
The Daily News of Longview reports (http://is.gd/s3Tfrl) that Kramer began to cry when jurors left the courtroom Thursday.
David Morrison is chief of security for the Fred Meyer retail store in Longview. He testified that Kramer swung a hatchet at him last Dec. 11 when Morrison and a guard trainee confronted the man, who was wheeling a shopping cart full of stolen goods through the parking lot.
In court for the verdict, Morrison said he was “totally happy with it.”
Doctors were unable to reattach the severed piece of Morrison’s left ear.
Kramer was also convicted of burglary counts.
Longview WA Dec 15 2011 Police arrested a 31-year-old man suspected of slicing off part of a Fred Meyer security guard’s ear with a hatchet at a Longview, Wash., store.
Detectives received an anonymous tip Wednesday that Adrian Kramer, who they identified as their suspect the day before, was hiding at a South Kelso home, Longview police said. They began surveillance and set up a perimeter around the home.
Kramer fled on foot as the perimeter was being established and officers chased him to the 1100 block of Elm Street, where he was arrested, police said. Kramer didn’t have any weapons and no injuries were reported during the arrest.
He was taken to the Cowlitz County Jail, where he will be booked on charges of first-degree assault, robbery, burglary and third-degree theft.
David Morrison tried to detain Kramer after he was caught shoplifting at the Fred Meyer on Ocean Beach Highway just before noon Monday when Kramer grabbed a small hatchet and swung, lopping off the lower part of the head of security’s left ear.
Morrison was rushed to the OHSU Hospital where doctors reattached his lower left lobe. He was released and resting at home with his family Tuesday, said Melinda Merrill, a spokeswoman for Fred Meyer.
Kramer walked out of the store after the attack and left in a car later found abandoned, police said. He was trying to make off with a CD, bike tube, bike lock and quart of oil. Police also suspected he was involved in a theft at the same store days before.