The wife, daughters and sisters of 52-year-old Neil “Pat” Baker gave emotional testimony Wednesday, Nov. 24, in Otter Tail County District Court before Judge Sharon Benson sentenced Charles Willis Gramith of Roseville, Minnesota, to 113 days in jail and two months of house arrest. Gramith pleaded guilty in August to a felony charge of criminal vehicular homicide that said he caused a crash that killed Baker instantly.
“The defendant didn’t just take away one person,” Baker’s daughter, Hayley Baker, said. “He destroyed a family, a lifetime of memories.”
Four other charges were dismissed, including three that alleged he was under the influence of alcohol or intoxicating substances. The count he pleaded guilty to said he left the scene of the crash.
He will get credit for four days of time served. He also must do annual speaking events about watercraft safety for 10 years, which is how long his probation will last.
Gramith crashed his boat on Aug. 22, 2020, into Baker’s docked boat near 30529 Minnesota Highway 78 on the northeast side of Otter Tail Lake,