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5:27 PM, Jan 23, 2012   |    comments
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Wes Shermantine

STOCKTON, CA - San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore is being charged, in writing, with "placing his own interests above those of the victims and their families" in connection with the Wes Shermantine case.

Shermantine is a convicted murderer on death row who's apparently shown interest in detailing the locations of murder victims Cyndi Vanderheiden and Chevelle Wheeler.

Wheeler and Vanderheiden were killed by Shermantine 14 years apart, but their bodies were never located despite numerous searches.

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Retired FBI agent Jeff Rinek said he was arranging to have Shermantine taken to those spots when Moore stopped the process, claiming he had no knowledge of the plan and questioning the security.

Rinek wrote a letter to the Stockton Record, which has not been published yet, making clear his unhappiness with Moore.

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"He chooses to ignore the fact there is a viable crime scene that may help determine the veracity of Shermantine's information," Rinek wrote.

Moore said he has "nothing but respect for these people who are trying to do the right thing."

However, Moores said he had no warning people were hoping to bring Shermantine to his county and felt it wasn't a secure plan.

Moore met with other officials Friday morning to produce a new plan to get Shermantine from San Quentin to locations where remains could be found. The details of the plan have not been released.

By Tim Daly, tdaly@news10.net

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