On Wednesday April 3, 18-year-old Marquez Cannon accepted a plea agreement and pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with the 2012 rape of an MSU college student who later died due to alcohol poisoning.
On March 19, 2012, a roommate of 18-year-old Olivia Pryor called police after finding her South Hubbard Hall roommate unresponsive. Investigators who arrived on the scene found Pryor dead in the dorm room. It was later determined that Pryor had been sexually assaulted, and that she died from alcohol poisoning. Pryor’s roommate had also been sexually assaulted according to news reports.
Prosecutors dropped charges of furnishing alcohol to a minor and third-degree sexual conduct in exchange for Cannon’s guilty plea to first-degree CSC before Ingham Circuit Judge William Collette. The terms of his plea agreement state that Cannon will serve a minimum of six years in prison, and could be imprisoned for life according to the news article. He is scheduled for sentencing on May 8 before Judge Collette.
Another man, Dishon Ambrose of Detroit, was located in San Antonio and has been charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor causing death in Pryor’s case; he is also charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He has been ordered to stand trial, although a court date has not yet been set.
Michigan sex crime attorneys understand the seriousness of these charges. Two young men could face a potential lifetime of punishment, not only in terms of prison time, but being labeled as sex offenders for life. It is clear that alcohol was involved in this case. As experienced lawyers who specialize in this area of criminal law, we know that in many cases where alcohol or drugs are involved, innocent individuals are falsely accused of sex-related crimes.
If you have been arrested for first-degree CSC or any sex-related offense, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced and aggressive Michigan sex crime defense lawyer with a reputation for obtaining positive results.