BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for a former Montana teacher who raped a 14-year-old student say his 30 days in prison were enough, even though some say the judge gave him an incredibly light sentence.
Prosecutors say rapist Stacey Dean Rambold should have served a minimum of four years after pleading guilty to the crime. They want to send him back to prison.
His attorneys filed papers on Friday with the state Supreme Court arguing the original sentence was appropriate. They say the state missed its chance to appeal by not raising the issue during an August sentencing hearing.
Montana's Judicial Standards Commission said the judge in the case — G. Todd Baugh — should be censured for imposing an unlawful sentence and blaming the child victim. Baugh was the judge who stirred controversy during the trial by stating that the 14-year-old girl was older then her chronological age.
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