MADRAS, OR -- A Madras woman started an online petition, last week, to recall Jefferson County's District Attorney. Jennifer Ihrig tells KBND News that D.A. Steve Leriche negotiates low sentences for too many criminals. "I just really think that the county deserves better. It seems like more and more crime is happening most of the high-profile cases here end up getting plea deals. It's almost like he wants to avoid going to court, or something. But, I think it's worth the risk when you can get justice for so many people just by trying a little harder."
She says she was prompted to launch the Change.org petition after 26-year-old Raine Austria Vineyard received a six-month sentence in connection with the death of her one-year-old daughter. "To me, six months is just not justice, because we're supposed to be protecting those kids," says Ihrig. "And, if we can't, somebody else is supposed to."
So far, more than 70 people have signed her online petition, which is not legally binding. "A lot of people think the same as I do. People are dying and nothing seems to be getting done." Ihrig says she's using the online petition to gauge public opinion and may file a formal recall effort with the County Clerk's office. It would take an estimated 1,000 signatures to force a recall vote.