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Justice prevailed

Dear Editor:Four years ago on the night of Aug. 26, my friend was attacked in the streets of Carbondale while walking the few blocks between her work and her home. This week, her assailant was sentenced to eighteen months in prison and two years parole. Justice prevailed.The events leading to the assailant’s conviction were the result of helpful members of our community. I would like to thank them.Thank you to the Carbondale Police Department, especially Officer Dave Moreno, who pursued the identity of the attacker after he assaulted my friend and repeatedly threatened to kill her. She would still be looking over her shoulder had the authorities given up their search.Thank you to District Attorney Mac Myers, who resurrected the case after it was initially dismissed by his office. Thank you to attorney Calvin Lee for convincing the D.A. to do the right thing. No one from the court system had spoken with my friend before deciding the case was not worth prosecuting. I am grateful for her sake and the safety of the community that violent assault was not considered insignificant by all of the court authorities.Thank you to the New Mexico State Patrol, who apprehended the assailant eighteen months after he had fled bail to Mexico and then re-entered the States.Thank you to Jeff Cheney, the Deputy District Attorney of Garfield County, who handled the last phase of this case with sensitivity and tenacity. He focused his full attention and provided assistance beyond the perfunctory call of duty.Thank you to counselor Judy Martin for her positive and helpful guidance and support.Thank you to Judge Petrie who did not allow unacceptable dangerous behavior to go unpunished.Four years is a very long time for a victim to maintain grace, poise, and presence of mind while dealing with our complicated legal system. My friend is the same sweet and loving person she was before she was attacked. Her freedom of movement without fear is now somewhat restricted, her faith in the innocence of her community diminished. I know she will prevail. She already has. Nancy CrenshawGlenwood Springs

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