Shasta's father, Steven Groene, says that Shasta is in generally good health and has returned to her regular activities. "She's been riding horses a lot," he says, "and swimming and playing with her friends. A county fair was just in town so she did that a couple days, and she's getting ready to go back to school." Steve says that he is working with therapists and prosecutors to handle Shasta's recovery as sensitively as possible.
Recently, Steve sat in the courtroom with Joseph Duncan to witness his not guilty plea." [The not guilty plea] was pretty much anticipated by everybody," Steve says. "It's a death penalty case, so it was highly unlikely he was going to go in there and say, 'Guilty.' The thing that bothered me the most is that he didn't speak at all. His lawyers did all the talking for him."
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Joseph Duncan. "I believe that's what is deserved in this case," Steve says, "and I am a believer in the death penalty. I believe if you take somebody's life, you should give yours in return. This guy took four lives and, unfortunately, we can only kill him once."