Kyle T. Lackie, a 24-year-old Chesaning man, recently rejected a plea offer in the alleged sexual assault of a 6-year-old girl in 2009. Lackie appeared before Saginaw County Circuit Judge Janet M. Boes on October 7, and rejected the prosecutor’s offer to dismiss one charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct against someone under the age of 13 in exchange for his guilty plea.
If Lackie had accepted the plea deal, he would have spent five years in prison according to a news article at Mlive.com. Prosecutors wanted Lackie to plead guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct, an offense that if convicted will leave Lackie facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison. The maximum sentence for first-degree CSC is life behind bars.
The charges stem from an alleged sexual assault of a 6-year-old girl in Chesaning in June of 2009. At a preliminary hearing in July of this year, Saginaw County District Judge Kyle Higgs Tarrant rules that prosecutors showed probable cause to put Lackie on trial in Circuit Court. Initially, Lackie was charged with one count of first-degree CSC; after listening to the alleged victim’s testimony, the judge tacked on a charge of second-degree CSC against someone younger than 13.
Lackie was initially charged with the sexual assault in June of this year; he has been imprisoned at the Cooper Street Correctional Facility in Jackson since that time, where he will remain after violating probation in connection with a marijuana possession case until at least mid-November according to news reports. The defendant is scheduled to go on trial for the sexual assault charges on November 5.
Whether Lackie made a good decision in rejecting the plea deal is questionable; if he is innocent of the accusations against him, it is understandable he would want to plead not guilty. However, if convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, he could potentially spend the rest of his life behind bars. Michigan sex crime defense attorneys understand the complexity of these types of cases, giving their clients the legal guidance and support necessary for the best possible outcome.
Anyone accused of a sex offense including rape, child molestation, or sexual assault should secure the services of a skilled and aggressive Michigan sex crime lawyer right away.