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LETTER: Foster shouldn’t be allowed to plead down

Mitchell ,South Dakota 57301
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

To the Editor:

I just read in the Sept. 25 edition of The Daily Republic where Shannon Danell Foster, of Mitchell, will plead down to a lesser charge.

Shannon Danell Foster was accused of embezzling (stealing) approximately $3,000 from the James Valley Community Center, which belongs to all of us taxpayers.

It was reported in an earlier edition of The Daily Republic that Shannon Danell Foster admitted to embezzling (stealing) approximately $3,000 from all of us, the taxpayers, yet Assistant State’s Attorney Bob O’Keefe agreed, at the request of Shannon Danell Foster’s attorney, Doug Dailey, to let her plead down to a misdemeanor instead of a felony.

Also, Assistant State’s Attorney Bob O’Keefe declined to elaborate on why Foster will plead to a lesser charge or to what charge she will plead.

If Shannon Foster worked for a private company and that company decided it was OK for her to plead down to a lesser charge, so be it.

But Shannon Danell Foster worked for us, the taxpayer, and she embezzled (stole) from all of us, the taxpayers, including a lot of senior citizens.

If you’re wondering why I’m using Shannon Danell Foster’s name so much, it’s because I don’t want anyone to forget her name or what she’s done. By the way, I do know some of the personal issues Shannon Foster has been going through, but that’s not an excuse for embezzling (stealing) from someone. I’ll say this: I’m outraged at everyone involved in this decision. Remember Mr. O’Keefe, you also work for the taxpayers.

I’m a disappointed taxpayer in Mitchell.