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October 22, 2013
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Letter: Prison sentence for Douglas County man with limited options

Residents have right to resist

It should come as no surprise that when armed men arrive at a private residence with the intention of removing the person who lives there that those men may encounter some resistance.

Henry John Kuester was recently sentenced to five years in prison for pointing a gun at Douglas County sheriff’s deputies who aimed to remove him from his home and put him out on the street. This resulted in a lengthy standoff.

Kuester claimed self-defense and said he was unaware that it was DCSO officers who were entering his residence. But in any case, Kuester’s options were limited. The prospect of living on the street at 64 years old is not promising.

Reasonable people may disagree as to whether it would be better or worse than a prison sentence. There is something to be said for a self-defense claim when to submit may mean being homeless.

What Kuester’s actions do highlight is that when threatened not everyone goes meekly and that is an encouraging thought; sometimes people resist.

Ian Smith

Roseburg


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