Residents react to former Tishomingo teacher's prison sentence

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TISHOMINGO, Okla. (KXII) - Wednesday a judge sided with the jury's recommendation of sending Shelley Duncan to serve 6 years in prison now residents say they are looking forward to putting that case behind them.

"It doesn't only just effect the child but the family, the other students, the other teachers - the whole county really," resident Joann Jones says.

Two years ago Duncan was first accused of an inappropriate relationship with a 14- year -old boy who was the ex - boyfriend of Duncan's daughter.

The trial was moved to Cleveland County where the 50-year-old's defense attorney felt she could get a fair trial.

"Another sad story," Jones said.

"I was angry as every parent would be at the situation but it felt like she was egging it on, getting away with kind of," resident Rickee Wells said.

The first jury deadlocked, a mistrial was declared.

At the second trial prosecutors showed more than seven thousand text messages - some with Duncan expressing her love for the child, calling him "boo".

Duncan's attorney argued those texts were not lewd.

The teen told the jury the two kissed, one time after school hours in a school building where clothing was removed.

Jurors recommended Duncan spend 6 years in prison.

"I think it's not long enough but I'm glad it's over and it's done," Jones said.

"Well she's serving time - I mean she didn't kill anybody so I think that's fair," Wells said.

Wednesday the teen's mother told a judge she agreed that 6 years was a fair sentence.

Duncan's husband former Superintendent Kevin Duncan also took the stand.

He's currently under state investigation for allegedly embezzling from the school district.

Both he and Shelley herself asked the judge to let her serve the sentence at home to see her kids grow up - but the judge sided with the jury.

Duncan's lawyer tells us they do plan on filing an appeal for that sentencing.

Duncan will spend 10 days in the county jail before she is taken to prison.

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