To the Editor:
As the candidates for sheriff of Morrison County share their campaign platforms, we are reminded of how important this role is.
Since the aftermath of the Byron Smith trial, let’s evaluate why we desperately need a change: 1) A home invasion occurred at Smith’s home Oct. 27, 2012, that totaled $42,000. No neighbors were questioned or notified of a crime of this magnitude. This was not the first home invasion to this property.
2) A deputy had that burglar in his patrol car the night before Thanksgiving just as he completed another home invasion.
Had this case been properly investigated, there would not have been a shooting on Thanksgiving. Many unusual items were taken from Smith that could have been traced through pawn shops or other investigative methods. Had that been done there would not be a man, who served his country in Vietnam and spent his life’s work protecting the USA, sitting in a prison cell with a life sentence.
It is most certainly time for a change, or even better, a complete overhaul. — Bill Anderson and John Lange, Little Falls