Attorneys: 30 Days in Prison Enough for Rapist
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for a former Montana teacher who raped a 14-year-old student argued Friday that his 30 days in prison were enough punishment, even as a judicial oversight panel sought the censure of the judge in the case over what it called an unlawful sentence.
Prosecutors want to send freed rapist Stacey Dean Rambold of Billings back to prison. They say he should have served a minimum of four years after pleading guilty last year to sexual assault without consent.
In a legal brief setting up their appeal, lawyers for Rambold cited a “lynch mob” mentality and huge public outcry over the case.
They suggested the girl bore some responsibility for the rape and referenced videotaped interviews with her before she committed suicide while the case was pending. Those videos remain under seal by the court.