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09.26.13

Convicted Rapist Completes 30-Day Sentence

Montana Supreme Court dismissed resentencing request.

After completing his 30-day prison sentence, convicted rapist Stacey Rambold is expected to be released today. The former Montana teacher was convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl in 2008; she committed suicide in 2010, while the case was pending. Billings, Montana, District Judge G. Todd Baugh is falling under fire for the short sentence, which he initially defended on the grounds that the victim was “older than her chronological age.” Montana’s Supreme Court rejected Baugh’s later attempt to increase Rambold’s sentence by two years. In 2010, Rambold entered into a three-year deferred-prosecution agreement in which he promised to complete a sex-offender-treatment program, avoid contact with minors, and admit to one count of rape in exchange for his remaining charges being dropped. The extent to which Rambold has upheld this commitment is in question.