This week, I joined with Vice Chairman of the Legislature Stan Brownell and Majority Leader Ken Herrington to protest the proposed plea deal offered to a woman accused of stealing over $200,000 while working as an employee of the county Health Department. The proposed sentence would call for the woman to accept five years probation, only $5,000 in restitution and no jail time. We believe the sentence proposed by the District Attorney is not adequate and should be revisited. Resident appear to agree, and we have received many calls and comments regarding the issue. Some residents have pointed out much stiffer sentences being handed down for smaller amount of theft. As legislators, we believe in fairness in our justice system, and will continue to oppose what we view as a weak and inadequate proposed resolution for this case. The theft of over $200,000 is a very serious incident and breach of the public trust, which cannot be taken lightly. Additionally, the sentence should serve as a deterrent and an example of how sacred the public’s trust is.
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