[UPDATE]: Stacey Rambold has been released from prison.
Original story below.
Last week, Judge G. Todd Baugh handed rapist Stacey Rambold a 30 day sentence for repeatedly raping his student, the late Cherise Moralez. My initial reaction to the sentencing and Baugh’s offensive comments about Cherice can be found here.
Now, Judge Baugh had ordered a new hearing for Rambold and claims, “In the Court’s opinion, imposing a sentence which suspends more than the mandatory minimum would be an illegal sentence,” Baugh wrote.
So my question is: How was Baugh able to impose a sentence shorter than was legally allowed? With Rambold already serving his 30 day sentence, it is even possible to revisit an imposed sentence?
ABC News reports Scott Twito, a Yellowstone County Attorney, said “Baugh may lack authority to impose a longer sentence at this point. That’s because state law says an illegal sentence must be handled through the appeal process.”
We’re no law experts here at Onward and F-Word, but we do believe in justice and hope that Stacey Rambold gets the maximum amount of time in prison the law allows. We will keep you posted as this story evolves.