Sheri Herod: Plea bargain isn’t serving the public
To the editor:
During the week, I read with interest about all the plea bargains the District Attorney’s Office is offering to some of those people arrested during Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team investigation into the “meth culture” working in Craig. Then, later in the week, I read with interest how Buddy Grinstead was asking for donations to cover a denied grant. What I don’t understand is how GRAMNET can work for hours upon hours, months upon months, to build good solid cases against the defendants, thinking that they are cleaning up our streets and communities for the next 20 to 30 years, and a prosecutor can reduce it all down to a drop in the bucket and let it go easy.
I can understand a plea for someone in Kassandra Dilldine’s circumstances who may deserve a second chance, but I cannot and do not agree with the plea bargain offered to Shawn Sanchez. Many of us in this community know that he has been to prison before, are concerned about his past record and worry that his previous time in jail and prison has not helped him.
I ask this community: With a maximum 10-year sentence, how soon will he be back on our streets? If this is the best the District Attorney’s Office can do, should we not fight to get someone in this office now who can handle this job? I challenge you citizens, if you do not agree with this plea bargain, please let us all call the District Attorney’s Office and voice our views.
Please help defend our community because our district attorney seems to not be willing to go the distance to do the job.
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