Teri Smelser, a well-known Brawley resident who has a long history of community service in the North County, has pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement against the Cattle Call Rodeo Committee.
She will be sentenced for that crime on Nov. 11 and could be facing a prison sentence of up to two years.
We support the way the District Attorney's Office has handled the Smelser case and we support the DA in pursuing a two-year sentence, which is the maximum Smelser could receive according to the agreement that led to her pleading.
A lot of people put their faith and trust in Smelser and she abused that trust.
Yes, she apparently has returned at least a portion of the embezzled funds to the organizations from which she pilfered, including a church, but there still are questions as to whether she has completely returned all the money she embezzled.