BILLINGS, Mont. — A former high school teacher who served one month in prison after being convicted of raping a 14-year-old student faces more time behind bars after the Montana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that his original sentence was too short.
Justices unanimously ordered the case of Stacey Dean Rambold assigned to a new judge for re-sentencing.
The decision means Rambold must serve a minimum of two years in prison under state sentencing laws, Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito said.
The high court cited, in part, the inflammatory comments of the sentencing jurist, District Judge G. Todd Baugh, who drew wide condemnation for suggesting that the victim shared some responsibility for her rape.
The defendant was a 47-year-old business teacher at Billings Senior High School at the time of the 2007 rape. The victim killed herself in 2010 while Rambold was awaiting trial.
Rambold’s attorneys insisted that the original sentence was appropriate.