Friday, October 19, 2007

Shame on Bonnie Dumanis for supporting the friend of a wife-killer

Bonnie Dumanis has sunk to a new low. She is supporting William Gentry, Jr. for city attorney.

The two of them have a bad habit of covering up wrongdoing.

Gentry came up with a plea deal for Lowell “Sam” Bryan Bruce, a sheriff's deputy who killed his wife in front of their young son, that raised questions about whether Bruce was getting special treatment because of his job in law enforcement.

"The judge said prosecutors should either try Bruce on murder charges as planned or refile the case on lesser charges if they think Bruce should get a lower sentence," according to a SDUT article on July 13, 2007.

Apparently Bruce's buddies in the sheriff's department were also anxious to take his side in the wife-killing.

The victim's father said sheriff's deputies doused him with pepper spray, hit him with a baton and kept him from getting to his daughter as she lay dying on a stretcher in the driveway of their home.

The 38-year-old wife was shot once in the jaw, and died an hour later waiting for medical care. Why didn't they just drive her to the hospital?

Taxpayers would be better off if public employees were held accountable, not let off the hook by craven prosecutors like Gentry. The family of Bruce's wife has a good case against the county. Our current policies regarding crimes by sheriff's deputies will cost us plenty. County employees like this killer and his friends, including William Gentry, should be fired.

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