Execution Alert: Charles Rhines for the murder of Donnivan Schaeffer


Donnivan Schaeffer

Attorney General Ravnsborg released the following statement:

Today I would like to remember Donnivan Scahefer, the victim who was brutally murdered by the killer who met justice earlier. Donnivan was an intelligent man set to graduate from Western Dakota Tech Donnivan was an award-winning archer who loved hunting and fishing Donnivan was funny, kind and a hard worker, prepared to start a career with a telephone installation company. Donnivan was engaged to be married with a great life ahead of him and, if he was with us today, he would be looking forward to his 50th birthday and looking at all the things his life had produced. Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for the fact that Donnivan was killed but I am glad we were finally able to get justice for him today. I am hopeful that this day is an opportunity for the family to move forward and now, that this phase is over, they can continue to heal. May God Bless Donnivan and his family.

In Charles Rhines’ last words, he forgave Donnivan’s parents for the hate and anger they had towards him.And he hoped that God would forgive them also. Can you believe that? He did not ask for forgiveness for what he did, but tried to turn it around to make the victims the bad guys here. He had NO RIGHT to say that. They are the ones who lost a son to violence committed by him. He obviously has no remorse for his actions. That is what is sad here. He had the opportunity to show compassion to the Schaeffers, but chose to turn it around. Mr. and Mrs. Schaeffer, and Donnivan’s fiancee, I am so sorry for the loss you had. I am glad you finally got justice, but I am sorry it took so long.

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