It was a trial that had an impact on a variety of people in the community.
“That was very tough for me to do because Michael is my friend,” said Linda Kizzire, Sedgwick County Treasurer.
“Michael is a friend, but it seems to me like there was no evidence that leads one to a conclusion of criminal activity,” said Dave Unruh, former Sedgwick County Commissioner.
Whether you knew Michael O’Donnell or not, it caught the attention of many.
“It is kind of a load off our minds right now,” said District III County Commissioner David Dennis.
“This is something that impacts relationships,” said District V County Commissioner Jim Howell. “It is frankly a distraction.”
On his way out of the courtroom. O’Donnell made this statement:
“I have been dedicated to serving the people of the Second County Commission District, every day, since this bogus indictment came down. I intend to get back to that.”
O’Donnell returned to work following the trial joining his four fellow county commissioners, posting a picture thanking God.
“This has been a very long process and hanging over the heads of the commissioners for over a year now,” Howell said.
“At this point in time, we are moving ahead as we have all along, and we are still doing what is right for our citizens,” said Dennis.
No group of people seemed more relieved than O’Donnell’s mother.
“We’ve known he was innocent from day one. I’m just so glad that the jury saw that,” said Peggy O’Donnell.