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Plea deal too light for Lester, Laferte

Regarding Phil Lester and Susan Laferte, I, and likely the general public, do not consider such a light sentence — few years in our county jail — a deterrent for others of these crimes (abusing the elderly, as Lester and Laferte are being accused of) in the future.

Even if such a light sentence is accepted, it should at least be in a prison, which would be a better future deterrent for others. We too often hear about such cases — being charged with securities fraud, conspiracy and elder abuse for operating a Ponzi scheme that allegedly bilked dozens of investors of over $2.3 million.

How about an article from these seniors who lost their lifetime retirement savings and how they were directly affected by the greed of these individuals?

The sentence should be so severe that others in the future would not even consider doing such a crime. Being elderly themselves and taking advantage of other seniors is beyond belief.

Let’s all hope that they do not accept the prosecution’s offer by Aug. 15 and that, if convicted, they may receive a more severe punishment — one they deserve — in a prison and not a comfortable county jail close to family and friends.

Russ Bebout

Grass Valley

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