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Some Must Die


The characters of AA can make up  some interesting cocktails when they mix together. Here is a story out of Minnesota that took a tragic turn when Shannon Gura, an AA who was being 13th-stepped by Don Kreye, another stepper; decided (along with a couple of accomplices) to extort some big money from him:

Woman sentenced to 90 days in coercion plot; extortion victim killed himself

Gura, who now lives in Alabama, had pleaded guilty in October to a single count of coercion in a plot to extort $500,000 from Dan Kreye, one of the founders of High Five Erectors Inc., a steel-construction company in Shakopee.

She had met Kreye through Alcoholics Anonymous, and Gura said he had expressed an interest in helping her and had even given her money to help her buy a Jeep. She testified at an earlier hearing that when she told a friend of hers, Rickey Pouncil, of Rosemount, about Kreye, Pouncil figured the businessman was wealthy and came up with a scheme to extort money from him.

At Pouncil’s direction, Gura sent sexually explicit texts to Kreye in August 2009. The businessman replied in kind, even sending her a graphic sexual photo of himself. Later, over a steak dinner, Gura presented Kreye with printouts of his texts and photo and told him that she’d give them to his wife and kids unless he paid $65,000.

Pouncil and another woman allegedly continued the extortion over the next few months. On May 10, 2010, Kreye, 57, took his life in the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

Police found a note in his car that read, “I am being extorted over $500,000. Best for my family and friends.”

Heartwarming, isn’t it?