Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Montana teacher's 1-month rape sentence overturned

Teacher Stacey Dean Rambold

Montana teacher's 1-month rape sentence overturned
Associated Press
April 30, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has overturned a one-month sentence that was widely condemned as too lenient for a former high school teacher convicted of raping a 14-year-old student.

The court ordered a new judge to re-sentence defendant Stacey Dean Rambold, who has been free since completing the previous term last fall.

Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito says that according to state sentencing laws, the decision means Rambold must serve a minimum of two years in prison.

The high court's decision cited in part the actions of District Judge G. Todd Baugh, of Billings, who suggested the young victim shared responsibility for her rape because she had some control over the situation.

The office of Rambold's attorney, Jay Lansing, says he is traveling and not immediately available for comment.

See also: Judge Todd Baugh can't change his 30-day sentence for rapist teacher; only the Appeals Court has jurisdiction now

See previous post on this case: Teacher who had sex with 14-year-old who later killed herself gets 31 days in jail while taxpayers pay $91,000

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