By Craig Henry
Most residents contacted Thursday said they were not surprised the jury found Daphne Wright guilty of kidnapping, first-degree murder and felony murder of Darlene VanderGiesen.
â€œI kind of had sentimental feeling about it,â€ said Shane Reinke, 32, of Sioux Falls. â€œI worked with Darlene (VanderGiesen, the victim) for two and half years years at JDS Industries. Iâ€™m pleased to hear that. I was a little worried.â€
While many felt the same as Reinke, happy to hear the verdict, they disagree about the punishment she should receive. Some say Wright shouldnâ€™t receive the death penalty, one of the possible sentences, while others believe thatâ€™s the appropriate punishment.
Verlyn Schmidt said that from all the evidence that was presented, it was obvious that she was guilty.
â€œI think itâ€™s great,â€ he said. â€œI think she deserves it.â€
Dotty Parker was expecting the outcome to be a guilty verdict, but like Weiland, she doesnâ€™t think the death penalty is the answer.
â€œI donâ€™t know about that,â€ she said. â€œI would lean the other way. I tend to not believe in the death penalty.â€
But others still believe that because of the nature of the crimes, Wright deserves to be the first woman in the state of South Dakota to be sentenced to death.
â€œAccording to everything I have heard and read, sheâ€™s guilty,â€ said T.J. Hernandez, 39, of Sioux Falls. â€œI would think (she would get the death penalty) for what she did to that lady.â€
(( Source:Â Argus Leader ))