Sheriff, community members critical of judge's GPS decision

Jul 14, 2015 9:33 PM by News Staff

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko is criticizing a superior court judge for ordering Matthew Graham's GPS ankle monitor to be removed, and community members believe things would've ended differently had the GPS monitor still been attached to Graham's leg.

Matthew Graham was wearing a GPS ankle monitor when he was released from the Shasta County Jail last Wednesday, but the next day, a judge ordered for it to be removed. While the community, and the sheriff are questioning the decision to remove the device, legal experts say the judge made the right call.

Criminal specialist and Redding based attorney Jeffrey Stotter says no one would have known Matthew Graham's next move, GPS bracelet or not.

Graham was on probation for a non-violent offense when he was named a "person of interest" in his 6-month-old daughter's disappearance on July 2.

He was detained later that day and then arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail for violating his probation terms, but was never charged with anything related to baby Ember's disappearance.

Shasta County Judge Cara Beatty ordered the probation department to remove Graham's ankle monitor last Thursday, one day after he was released from the Shasta County Jail, because the monitor was unwarranted, she said.

Sheriff Bosenko says Beatty's decision was made in bad judgement.

In the end, Stotter says judges are only able to rule based on evidence and in this case, there was not anything indicating Graham was directly involved in Ember's disappearance.

Bosenko says he wanted to keep an eye on Graham regardless, but simply didn't have the manpower to do so.

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