Gering man paroled eight years after stomping death

GERING, Neb. (AP) _ A Gering man has been granted parole less than eight years after stomping to death a friend.

KDUH says 40-year-old Scott Cramer became eligible for parole this month. He'd pleaded no contest to manslaughter after prosecutors lowered the charge from second-degree murder. Cramer was sentenced on May 31, 2006, to 15 to 20 years in prison.

Cramer was convicted of kicking and jumping on 30-year-old Tim McGrath up to two dozen times. Cramer was wearing cowboy boots. Prosecutors said Cramer became enraged after the victim broke a videotape on Oct. 12, 2005, while they were drinking at Cramer's apartment.

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