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LETTER: Sheriff knocks Cranfill sentencing

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Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 2:16 pm

To the editor:

“Prison starts at Christmas,” read the recent headline, for a Cody woman who stole $10,000 from the animal shelter.

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11 comments:

  • blacklabrador posted at 9:16 am on Fri, Jan 11, 2013.

    blacklabrador Posts: 5

    Well folks check out the criminals under Wednesday Enterprises District Court blotter. Looks like another plea bargain this time between old buddies, judge and criminals dad. It reads "Intent to committ larceny" with what looks like another hand slap and not a hard one at that. Gee whiz maybe the sheriff is on to something here.

     
  • HLW posted at 7:39 am on Fri, Jan 11, 2013.

    HLW Posts: 4

    I agree with most of these comments but I really think that you people vote these people into office and you can ultimately vote them out and get people in there that really do their jobs and put these felony criminals behind bars and off the streets of our community whoever they may be, after all if all that is happening to them is probation then it really makes a laughing stock of the justice system and criminals think, oh hey I can get off with just probation - I suggest that probabtion be ONLY for crimes that are not felonies. VOTE THEM OUT and get people in there who are prepared to clean up the community and put decent people first.

     
  • naturzbest posted at 10:26 am on Tue, Jan 8, 2013.

    naturzbest Posts: 1

    Is the Sheriff really telling the judge how to run his courtroom, or the county attorney how to run his office when his own department seriously lacks leadership?!He should pay attention to the whispers of his own department and public secretly hoping he will retire. Or someone will run against him so, they can get some law and order to the Sheriff's department (no pun intended).After all, isn't it time for Scott to ride off into the sunset on one of the search and rescue's piece of equipment?! We wouldn't have to pay for the space he wants to park his..um.. the S&R toys in. His retirement would be a win/win for us all.

     
  • Hatton posted at 7:43 pm on Sat, Jan 5, 2013.

    PrarieGirl Posts: 3

    I am wondering what is going to happen with the local attorney who stole some $700,000 from her client. Betting she will get her hand slapped too. Just saying.

     
  • Dan WELLS posted at 9:16 pm on Fri, Jan 4, 2013.

    Codyguy Posts: 2

    Her crime was not a victimless crime. She ripped-off all the donors, the volunteers and the general public and hurt the animals that were entrusted to the shelter. It's a good lesson to her and her children to see the severe consequences she chose when she decided to steal from so many of us.

     
  • BAKSTRPS posted at 8:24 pm on Fri, Jan 4, 2013.

    BAKSTRPS Posts: 1

    Good job Sheriff Stewart. In all honesty though if drugs were decriminalized the Sheriff Dept. wouldn't need as big a budget. Park County would spend less on enforcement and the judicial side.Sheriff Stewart admitted that millions of dollars leave the county because of the drug trade. So there is really no handle or control of the substances anyway. If people could grow and make their own, the money would stay in the comunity and the children wouldn't starve. It woud be a moral issue rather than legal.I'm not saying drugs are for everyone, clearly there are abuses just like in everything else. Taking power away from law and order is kind of scarey for some people though. ( love ya anyway Scott )

     
  • Tucker posted at 7:20 am on Fri, Jan 4, 2013.

    wywoman Posts: 1

    Thank you for your honesty Scott. The problem with our country and our little town is people getting slaps on the hand for crimes. Keep an eye out and pay attention to what happens with the Derek Hill case and his sentencing. He was the one that followed and harassed a local family of five including 3 children with his ak47 pointing at them and then shot at officers. These are the types of criminals with no respect for values or lives, even small children, that end up doing heinous crimes like what happened in Connecticut. Im tired of people keeping their mouths shut about the ease of our justice system here in park county. Enough is enough! You're not doing anyone any favors by going easy on these criminals. So I challenge the judge that has the Derek Hill case to do what's right and what's just. I bet if these crimes were committed against their own families (judge, county attorney, etc) that they wouldn't be so forgiving. We can turn a blind eye to the warning signs that these criminals are giving. No more second, third, and fourth chances!!!!

     
  • 45ACP posted at 6:51 pm on Thu, Jan 3, 2013.

    45ACP Posts: 6

    Agree with "justthefacts". If the Co Atty Office wouldn't bargain every case, maybe those convicted would serve their time. I think the kidnapping case this fall should be bumped up to federal court. Because if it goes to district court, between Cranfill and the Skoric/Krone team, he will walk away with 5yrs and probation.

     
  • WyoVet posted at 5:56 pm on Thu, Jan 3, 2013.

    WyoVet Posts: 53

    "Just the facts" brings out a valid point regarding the plea bargains. Granted, some come through cooperation with arresting agencies, but more probably come through a lack of available prosecutors, i.e. the legislature (3 months) combined with a heavy caseload. I would venture to say the rest are plea bargained due to poor evidence, poor witnesses, shody investigation, and/or defense attorneys wanting a quick resolution to a non paying defendant.

    So, I wouldn't put the entire blame on the judge when he, in good faith, honors the plea bargains agreed upon by defense and prosecution.

    And the Sheriff's Office really has no grounds to criticize anyone. The bulk of their arrests are a result of people with warrants coming to the cop shop to turn themselves in. If drugs are such a problem in Park County the deputies should be making arrests not warming a seat in the office and going off at midnight.

     
  • Jeff Foxworthy posted at 4:47 pm on Thu, Jan 3, 2013.

    Morris Posts: 8

    With Cranfil, you have to have to violate your reinstated probation 3 or 4 times minimum before prison is even considered. On top of that, "weekend" sentences do be discontinued. Those who are convicted of crimes shouldn't have their jail time scheduled to fit their schedule. Maybe missing a week or more of work might drive the point home. Otherwise they'll never learn.

     
  • William Smith posted at 10:33 am on Thu, Jan 3, 2013.

    Justthefacts Posts: 30

    Sheriff Steward is absolutely correct. Judge Cranfill's sentencing is reckless, irresponsible, and inconsistent. I have no doubt in my mind that there are dozens of victims in our community that have suffered because offenders have not been sentenced appropriately by the local courts. Judge Cranfill obviously holds the wants of criminals over the safety of our community.

    However, Sheriff Steward failed to hold the other half of this equation accountable. It would be safe to say that all of the guilty pleas that Sheriff Steward cited were plea bargained deals made by the Park County Attorney's Office. County Attorney Skoric is still suffering from the Kenneth Vandeford debacle, which is a great example of his culpability in this mess.