PA explains sentencing

Mike,
I read with interest your musings today about the bank robber in Gladwin getting only 11-months, which is supposedly his maximum allowed under the sentence guidelines.

I’m curious if you are correct on what charge he was ultimately convicted. Armed Robbery is a crime against a person, class A felony. The lowest possible sentence under the guidelines that an individual can do for Armed Robbery is 21 months to 35 months (or 1.75 years to 2.91 years) on the minimum up to Life in prison on the maximum.

Now, if he pled guilty to Bank Robbery, which is a crime against a person, class C felony, the lowest possible sentence under the guidelines that an individual could do is 0-11 months on the minimum up to Life in prison on the maximum.

So, Armed Robbery carries with it the harsher penalty. And, just as an FYI – an individual charged with both Armed Robbery and Bank Robbery for the same transaction can be convicted of both and sentenced on both without violating the rules of Double Jeopardy.

Thanks,
Michelle J. Ambrozaitis
Clare County Prosecuting Attorney

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