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Fair representation for Shane

$8,087 of $85,000 goal

Raised by 101 people in 9 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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The Consulate visited Shane yesterday and was able to answer a few questions for us. We still don’t know a lot. Obviously everyone knows what’s going on, so the negativity isn’t necessary. Shane cannot see this page so it does no good to add your negativity. Thank you for all the positive moments and prayers. Keep it coming!!!! We just want to bring Shane home to get proper medical treatment. As we know more I will update...

-Will the Consulate continue monthly visits?
The Consulate will perform a quarterly visit to Shane since he have been sentenced.  
-Is Shane able to have visitors now that are not directly related to him since this is no longer an investigation?
According to Vietnamese law, after investigation period, Shane can meet with visitors who have to be directly related to Shane (biological/adopted parents, parents-in-law, siblings, spouse, biological/adopted children, daughter/son-in-law, grandparents)

-Do the past 10 months of his imprisonment count toward his 3 year sentence or does it start from today?
His time served here would count toward his total sentence.    
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Update from Shane’s attorney:

I am very sorry that today the Ho Chi Minh City People's Court has sentenced Shane Denoon to three years in prison by Point 2, Article 260 Criminal Code of Vietnam (from 3 years to 10 years). Although I struggled very hard for Shane to get a sentence of one year in prison by Point 1, Article 260 Criminal Code of Vietnam (from 1 year to 3 years), because Shane had many extenuating circumstances.



After the trial, I spoke with the US Consulate General's representative about Shane's first instance verdict and appeal. In my experience, if Shane accepts the first instance verdict, Shane will be granted special amnesty in the coming time when he will execute 1/3 or 1/2 of the sentence (He now is in prison about 10 months). If Shane appeals, he will not receive special amnesty in the near future.



The US Consulate General's representative will visit Shane tomorrow and will discuss with Shane more details about this issue.
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March update from the Consulate


We were able to visit Shane on Wednesday, March 20th. We spoke with him for approximately 45 minutes. We passed on your messages. At this point, the investigation has been completed.  Shane stated he hasn’t heard from his lawyer since January when the lawyer told him that he was in possession of the “conclusion papers”, and that he would return ‪in one week‬’s time. The lawyer has yet to return. We recommended Mr. Denoon file paperwork with the prison to request the lawyer meet with him. We will also pass a message the lawyer to request he meet with Shane as soon as possible. Shane requested that his girlfriend be allowed in court, and the prison officials have stated that the court proceedings would be public, so she might be able to attend. Shane was moved to a new area of the prison around ‪January 15th‬, but he still has several health concerns. He stated that his hernia has grown 3x in size since December, to the size of a tennis ball. He also stated he last spoke to a doctor one month ago.  Shane stated he has pain around his eye sockets and believes that the facial fracture is spreading. He stated he now believes that he was beaten up after the accident, and that his injuries may have been caused by blunt force trauma vice by the accident itself. He stated he had contracted flu and fainted following a forceful sneeze previously. Headaches, dizzy spells, being unable to lift even light weight items, and not being able to stand for more than 10 minutes at a time were also mentioned. We asked him several times if he would like us to officially request medical assistance on his behalf, but he refused this assistance each time we offered. We will continue to closely monitor his health going forward.
In terms of the two MRIs Shane has had,  he stated that analysis from the first scan indicated there was excess fluid in his brain. He stated that the investigator called for a second MRI in January 2019, which was performed at an outside clinic. The results would have been sent directly to the court; we requested prison officials allow Shane to be informed of the results of the second MRI. In terms of medication, he presently takes Tylenol three times a day.  
We were also just informed that his trial is presently scheduled to take place ‪at 8:00 a.m. on April 9th, 2019‬ in Ho Chi Minh City. However, please understand it’s not uncommon for trials to be rescheduled more than once and sometimes at the last minute. We will pass on new updates on Shane if and when we receive them.
UPDATE: His attorney has visited twice this week.
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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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