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Fair representation for Shane

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Raised by 101 people in 7 months
Created July 12, 2018
free shane denoon
on behalf of Stacy Shipley
Thank you for taking the time to read about Shane's situation! His family and friends are very concerned for his wellbeing and are doing everything we can to ensure that he gets a fair trial in the Vietnamese court of law.

The current information we have is very limited but we're working with the American consulate and also just retained a lawyer to defend Shane. We are expecting more information in the coming weeks and will update everyone ASAP.

THE SITUATION
Shane was allegedly involved in a motorcycle accident in January of this year in Vietnam. He woke up in the hospital having no memory of what happened. He was told by the local police that he was in an accident with someone who was riding a bicycle, and that person passed away. Since then, Shane had been working with the police in Ho Chi Minh City for 5-6 months until they formally took him into custody on June 15 (US time).


OUR CONCERN
The details of the incident are not clear (the family has not received any official police reports, hospital reports, etc.) and we’ve noticed several concerning discrepancies between the allegations and the immediate evidence. We just want to ensure he gets fair representation to investigate these discrepancies so that the truth comes to light.

We are very worried about his living conditions, lack of a nutritious diet and lack of proper health care to treat his injuries, and overall treatment in custody. We have been told by numerous sources with ties to Vietnam that the prison conditions and laws protecting prisoners are not those that we are accustomed to here in America.

We’ve also been told that the justice system is very different than we’d expect. We are concerned that being an American, he may not get a fair and timely trial. At this time we really do not have much information to go on and we are trying to get everything clarified ASAP.

THE GOAL
We’ve set the amount of $85,000 because we want to be able to help Shane in anyway we can. As with any legal system, we all know it can be very costly, and at this time we don’t know what to expect.

The first $5,500 will be used to retain a lawyer, and subsequent donations will go toward paying any additional fees that maybe incurred while this investigation is being completed. We will update this page any time funds are used.

NOTE: Any additional funds donated specifically via this Go Fund Me campaign that remain after the investigation that do not go toward investigation/legal costs will be refunded to donors upon request.

NEXT STEPS
We are hopeful that his attorney will get the police and hospital reports to shed more light on the situation. We are told that Shane will be incarcerated for the next four months while the investigation is taking place. He is not allowed to have any visitors at this time, not even family. The consulate is unable to offer much additional help, however they have visited and seen Shane and assured us that he is physically ok at this time.


CONCLUSION
We understand that this situation seems unbelievable and far fetched. We agree, and wish that it wasn’t happening and hope this never happens to any of you. Unfortunately that is not the case, so we are doing everything we can to help bring awareness to the situation. Thank you so much for any help that you can offer. We (and Shane) greatly appreciate it.

Also, Shane knows nothing of this funding request or that everyone is so concerned for him, because we are not able to talk to him. If nothing else please keep him in your prayers and share this with your friends and family.

This account is being run by his family: Sue & John Denoon (parents), Stacy Shipley(sister), and Heather Strange(cousin). We also have set up Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts for Shane to help spread the word.
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No February visit from the Consulate





Dear Mr. Denoon,

Unfortunately we cannot visit Shane today as the case is pending at court and we do not have approval for meeting him. However we were able to deliver the money you sent to him before the lunar new year so hopefully it helps him until our next visit.
Our next visit is tentatively on 20 March 2019.

American Citizen Services Unit
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From the most recent visit with the Consulate ———-

Dear All,
 
Please see the note and messages from Shane last visit:
 
Mr. Denoon said that he has some serious health concerns. He said that he is still experiencing headaches and jaw pain as a result of his accident and he is being treated with three generic painkillers a day. He said that he was taken for an MRI on December 21, 2018 and the result is below:
 
-        Chi Hoa prison center took Shane Denoon to ‪30/4‬ hospital – Ministry of Public Security to take CT-Scanner.
-        Result: no abnormal picture, broken tissue on the right cheek, broken maxillary antrum, broken maxillary sinus 
-        Result ‪from 30/4‬ hospital: headache due to sinusitis after the injury
He also said that he believes that he has a hernia. He met with the English speaking doctor approximately one month ago before the hernia got more severe, and approximately two weeks ago met with the Vietnamese speaking doctor after it become more painful. He is concerned about options for treatment, and said that he would discuss this concern with the English speaking doctor when he meets with her.
He said that he met with his lawyer about two weeks ago, who confirmed that the investigation is complete. He said that his lawyer told him that the GVN has two options at this stage, to set a court date or dismiss the case. He said that he’s asked his lawyer to pursue dismissal.
 He said “My birthday was okay here. Some of my friends threw me a party, which was nice. The investigation part of the case is finished and I’m waiting for court, but I don’t know when that will happen.”
 
The next visit is tentative ‪on February 20, 2019‬
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December Update:

Shane expressed concern about a facial fracture which is causing pressure on his brain resulting in a continuous migraine he has had for several months. Shane has taken 4 x-rays but the pain is still exit, the Consulate will request an medical assistance for Shane to see a doctor at outside hospital through diplomatic note. Shane would like to see the lawyer and they last met a month ago, he wants his lawyer to settle out of court.

Message to his friends and family: “I got your letters. I miss you and love you all. Sorry I don’t have time to write everyone.”

The next visit will be tentative ‪on Jan 16, 2019‬.

12.18.18. Update:
Today for and on behalf your self and your son Shane Denoon, we have paid to family of victim the amount of VND 200,000,000đ (By letter: Two hundred million VND).

The mother of victim has signed for us 2 documents: (1) Petition for Dismissal and (2) Receipt of Compensation (Please see attached files).

We also have handled over to Police of Investigation these documents today.

We hope everything will go well with your son – Shane Denoon.

Happy Birthday to Shane today!!!
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Update: We are working so hard to raise more $$$$$$ to help being Shane home! The family of victim has accepted with compensation amount of VND 200 millions (about US$ 8,700.00). The family of victim will issue the receipt and send to Police of investigation the request letter to denied criminal case against Shane immediately. Please share this info with everyone!!!!
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