Re-Sentencing Ordered for Rapist Who Served 30 Days in Jail
There’s hope for justice in a shocking case out of Montana where a convicted rapist was sentenced to just 30 days in jail.
Stacey Rambold, a 54-year-old teacher, raped a 14-year-old girl who later committed suicide. Rambold was convicted of the crime, but Judge Todd Baugh only sentenced him to 30 days in prison. He served that time and has since been released.
The case became more outrageous after Baugh suggested that the victim shared responsibility for her rape because she had some "control" over the situation. He even commented that the victim was “older than her chronological age.”
Prosecutors had argued for a minimum of two years in prison for Rambold and appealed the sentence. Now, the court has ordered a new judge to oversee his re-sentencing.
Baugh relied on a different section of the same statute when he gave the defendant 15 years with all but 31 days suspended and a one-day credit for time served. Rambold was required to register as a sex offender and was to remain on probation through 2028.
A disciplinary complaint against Baugh from the Judicial Standards Commission is pending with the state Supreme Court. Justices said that will be dealt with separately.
Tonight on The O’Reilly Factor, Laura Ingraham weighed in, saying, “[Baugh] wasn’t legally authorized to allow so much in the way of time served. That was completely counter to the way the sentencing law runs in Montana.”
Ingraham said the Montana Supreme Court was under pressure from a variety of victims groups. She said their decision will allow for a sentencing that fits the crime.