Dear Editor:

I write to you to clarify some misconceptions about myself and a gentleman mentioned in last week’s front page article.

My name is Matthew David Stephens, son of Judge Jimbo Stephens. I was raised in Baskin, graduated Franklin Academy and now raise my three kids with my wife Kelley right here in Franklin Parish. I am currently the Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of Sicily Island State Bank here in Winnsboro.

I am not the David Stephens mentioned in the paper involved in the alleged racketeering scandal. That David Stephens is an accountant from Delhi, and we have never met. I am in no way involved in any current law suit and like all local bankers here in Franklin Parish, I work tirelessly to serve the good folks here in my community.

I pray that these legal matters will be resolved and people’s good reputations will be restored. Thank You and God Bless.

Sincerely

Matthew David Stephens

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