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12/19/2013 11:21:00 AM
Sets record straight

To the editor:

About our son Keri Gesme:

With the trial, it could have gone either way. Keri could have been found guilty and serve 58 months, or found not guilty and be done. With not knowing the outcome, Keri decided to take an Alford Plea.

The Alford Plea is a plea of guilt that may be accepted by a court even where the defendant DOES NOT ADMIT GUILT. In an Alford Plea the defendant has to admit he/she has received the state's evidence, a reasonable jury could find him/her guilty, and wants to take advantage of a plea offer that has been made. Court has discretion as to whether to accept this type of plea.

Since the media release did not mention this about Keri's case, I though everyone should know the truth. Keri's decision was to do the right thing. He is still dealing with this every day. Still having a chance to be with his family. Keri's memories of Dennis are precious to him. He loves and misses him dearly, as we all do.

Please remember and understand this was a tough decision.

Thank you for taking the time to read.

Andrea Gesme

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