High Hollywood location manager, 37, incarcerated for grandma’s murder sues jail

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Hollywood location manager, 37, who was incarcerated for murdering grandma, 70, while high on drink and drugs in his Mitsubishi Outlander, complains prison is full of ‘drunk’ and ‘drug addicts’

  • Umberto Schramm, 37, worked on films like Wonder Woman and Rocketman
  • The location manager was jailed for six years last year for murdering a grandmother
  • Schramm was high on drink and drugs when he crashed into Francis Filby’s car
  • Now he has complained in a prison magazine about drink and drug users in prison

A Hollywood location manager who killed a grandmother in a booze-and-drug car accident has complained that the prison is “horrible” because it is “full of drunks and drug addicts.”

Umberto Schramm, 37, worked on Wonder Woman and Rocketman before being sentenced to six years in prison last November for killing 70-year-old Francis Filby.

The court heard how he was driving on the wrong side of the road when he collided head-on into Mrs Filby’s Ford Fiesta while driving in Elstead in Surrey.

Kingston Crown Court heard the 37-year-old, who also worked on Bohemian Rhapsody, drove his powerful Mitsubishi Outlander on May 31, 2019 while twice the drink-driving limit and high on cocaine.

The grandmother of seven was rushed to hospital but died the day after the crash.

Last November, Schramm of Wembley, north London, admitted to having caused death by dangerous driving under the influence of alcohol and by careless driving under the influence of cocaine. and was jailed for six years.

However, the German-born killer, who graduated in 2013 with a degree in psychology from Queen Mary University of London, wrote in the latest issue of lags’ Inside Time magazine that the prison was like a ‘human warehouse and full’. drunk’ and ‘drug addicts’.

Umberto Schramm, 37, was jailed for six years last November for murdering 70-year-old Francis Filby

He said: ‘I had never been to prison so I didn’t know what to expect when I arrived at HMP Wandsworth last November.

“There was no introduction, not even a booklet in the cell to explain how the prison works. Due to the pandemic, the prison was locked down meaning more than 23 hours a day, 25 minutes of exercise once a week, no library, no gym, no workshops, no education except in-cell packs.

‘You cannot have a package sent or dropped off, if you have a family member order a book via Amazon, it will remain at the reception at your property for at least three weeks.

‘The mattress was so old and worn it hurt my back even though I’m young and fit, and if your mobile chair was missing no effort was made to replace it as it wasn’t there.

‘Almost everyone smoked Spice, my cellmate even distilled some kind of vodka in our cell every night.

“When he was drunk he wouldn’t let me sleep, he got sick all over the cell and I couldn’t do anything because I didn’t want to get him in trouble.

“He needed help, but you don’t get it in a prison like Wandsworth.”

He said he had now been ‘luckily’ moved from Category B HMP Wandsworth in London to less strict cat C HMP Highpoint in Suffolk.

He said, “Since I moved here to Highpoint, the situation has changed dramatically.

Schramm worked on Hollywood films Wonder Woman and Rocketman before being jailed

Schramm worked on Hollywood films Wonder Woman and Rocketman before being jailed

The German-born killer - who also worked on Bohemian Rhapsody - wrote in the latest issue of Inside Time magazine that the prison was like a

The German-born killer – who also worked on Bohemian Rhapsody – wrote in the latest issue of Inside Time magazine that the prison was like a “human warehouse” and full of “drunks” and “drug addicts.”

‘I’m in a single room, there’s greenery, we move for 2 hours a day. The reason this is possible here is because 100 inmates take up the same amount of space as 500 inmates in Wandsworth.

“I understand the need to protect people during the lockdown, but at what cost?

“The reason Wandsworth is unable to run a humane regime during the lockdown is because it is a prison designed for 800 people and now 1,600, and has half the necessary staff.

“Prisons like this just shouldn’t exist in a country as prosperous as the UK.”

Judge Stephen John told Schramm, “You have taken from a loving family their mother and grandmother.

“This lady would still be alive today if you hadn’t behaved in such a criminally irresponsible manner. You took a completely unnecessary risk and caused a completely avoidable accident.’

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