Court Overturns Man’s 1-Month Rape Sentence, Calls for New Sentencing
The Montana Supreme Court overturned the rape sentence for teacher Stacey Dean Rambold, who was convicted last year of raping a fourteen-year-old student but sentenced to only one month in jail — a sentence so short he’s already served it.
Judge G. Todd Baugh drew nationwide scorn after he handed down the impossibly light sentence, arguing that the victim “seemed older than her chronological age” and was “as much in control of the situation” as Rambold. The victim, fourteen-year-old Cherice Moralez, committed suicide before Rambold’s case came to trial.
The Court ordered a new judge to re-sentence Rambold, and prosecutors are arguing for the state-minimum four years. The Supreme Court is also considering a separate complaint against Baugh, who has since apologized and said plans to retire at the end of his term.
[h/t Associated Press]
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