Munn seeks reconsideration of sentence

Munn seeks reconsideration of sentence

There are 13 comments on the Ames Tribune story from Nov 3, 2007, titled Munn seeks reconsideration of sentence. In it, Ames Tribune reports that:

“I have come to the realization that I cannot change the past but I can choose to live my life differently so that my future as well as others will not repeat my tragic past”

After serving a year on her 10-year sentence, Shanda Rae Munn, convicted of vehicular homicide in October 2006, is asking a Story County district court judge to reconsider her sentence. via Ames Tribune

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Compton, CA

#1 Nov 10, 2007
i believe shanda ha sgrown a lot she is someone comppletely different yes she made a stupid choice we all have in some way however i know for a fact shanda wants to do better, she knows her sentence may not get over turned she may not get a recon. but thats okay she knows the things she did she takes full accountability she is a good person and just wants to speak to kids and college students about the choices they make could affect their future. if you could actually sit down and talk to her she is a mature human and is sincere sh'e not just doing things because she's in prison she's doing it because she wants to and believes in helping others.

Des Moines, IA

#2 Dec 3, 2007
I know that Shanda has probably had a lot time to think about things and I pray to God that she has truly truly realized what she has done and has realized the changes she needs to make...but I do NOT believe that she should be let out of jail after serving one short year. Yes, it was probably a long year for her, but she killed someone. A young woman was taken from this earth, from her family and friends...she'll never have her own family and she'll never get to experience the things that Shanda will. Shanda needs to serve more time. Her own brother wrote that she is in line to be a mentor to new inmates. Make her do that for awhile before she's let out. She's done a lot more damage than one year's worth of prison. I hope the judge makes her stay in prison for awhile longer. I'm sure she's grown and/or matured, but that shouldn't mean that she gets to go live a normal life now. She's still young, she'll have plenty of time to live her life after she's served more of her sentence (that she deserved).

Ames, IA

#3 Apr 9, 2008
That's bullshit! Shanda Munn is a horrible person that deserves this sentence and more. She claimed to hit a deer after running away from the scene. She will never fully understand the depth of her actions. I witnessed her the day she got her sentence and the tears were fake and forced. She will never understand! Kelly was an amazing person that will never be understood or appreciated as much as she should be. Also, we should all take into account that Shanda Munn wrote many times on her facebook and myspace blogs about how she drank too much. If she had these problems so many times previously to this accident, how do we know she will not commit the same crimes again??

San Francisco, CA

#4 Jul 16, 2008
i understand where people r extremly upset with the choices shanda made prior to her accident but have u honestly thought what if i did that what if i would have been on that road that day. i mean think about it u cant predict the future and you cant be so judgemental people do change. i have grown to respect shanda and her ability to not let the media or crazy comments get to her. i dont believe for one minute that those tears at her sentencing was fake or forced i believe people need to wake up and see that shes human made a mistake and has learned. shes still doing time and soon will be home you cant keep her locked up forever and whe she gets out ill be looking her up because i know i would rather have someone like her by my side then someone that doesnt understand.

Hightstown, NJ

#5 Aug 22, 2008
yes she deserve one chance

Verona, WI

#6 Sep 8, 2008
Kylie I think you need to realize that Shanda is a real person, she would never have wanted to take Kelly's life. Those tears were real, it is very harsh of you to call her a horrible person. If she could go back in time she would have never gotten behind the wheel after drinking, but obviously that is not the case. She is paying for her actions and has to live with this for the rest of her life. Also,being that it was dark with poor lighting and Kelly was walking near the middle of the road it is possible to have mistaken her for a deer. Don't get me wrong that's not an excuse by any means. I just think you need to approach this situation with a little less bias and live in Kelly's memory in a positive light. You don't know Shanda on a personal level and it is cruel to judge her as a horrible person for a mistake she made in her life. Everyone deserves forgiveness.

Ames, IA

#7 Nov 30, 2009
Obviously someone would go back and do something different if that action made them go to jail, but lets be honest. Who can't tell the difference between a deer and a human being. It was her decision to drive after she had drank. She dug her hole...Lie in it!

Ames, IA

#8 Dec 5, 2009
Although this was a terrible accident and feel sorry for both girls families, I always wondered, was the girl that got hit intoxicated as well?

Ames, IA

#9 Dec 6, 2009
She very well could have been intoxicated, but perhaps maybe thats why she was walking instead of getting behind the wheel and potentially hurting herself or someone else.

Chicago, IL

#10 Dec 9, 2009
Shanda is a good person that made a bad decision. For her and all those involved, I am sure the extremely unfortunate consequences are not being taken lightly. A lot of things could have been different that night. Having to live with this is going to be the greatest punishent of all for her.

The Dalles, OR

#11 Dec 15, 2009
Wow, this whole situation is sad and I was not in the court room when the evidence was being presented so I cannot comment on court room activity. I know from living in small town Iowa and knowing Kelly's family and also having a very close friend of my own killed in a drunk driving accident how this can affect people's lives. I think that the part that bothers me the most is that Shanda pled not guilty. I don't know about anyone else but in my book that means that she is admitting no fault. I have hit two deers myself and will say that each time I pulled over and got out to survey the damage. Also, after hitting the deers I called the insurance company the next day. I did not hide the car. I don't know why people think that because she has served a year in jail and offered to do things differently if given the change we should allow her to serve a partial sentence. She should serve her full sentence it is small in comparsion to the life sentence the Laughery's have to face. We all are for the most part good people that make bad choices. I am not saying Shanda is a horrible person or talking poorly about her character. I understand she was scared and did not know what to do. I just think that when you face judgement either in a courtroom or by your maker you should be honest and admit your wrong doings.

Waseca, MN

#12 Nov 16, 2010
Craig wrote:
Although this was a terrible accident and feel sorry for both girls families, I always wondered, was the girl that got hit intoxicated as well?
Yes the girl hit was drunk and had a nalgi bottle with vodka in her back pack.
Cheryl Zeien

United States

#13 Jan 17, 2011
I really do believe that people do change! The amount of time that it takes them to change, or realize that they need to change varies. All circumstances are different. Everyone deserves a second chance! Forgive. God does!

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