BYRON CENTER, Mich. (WOOD) — A former Byron Center high school teacher who was sentenced to prison in 2013 for having sex with a student will be re-sentenced after a state Supreme Court ruling released Saturday.
Glenn Robert Davis, now 43-years-old, was sentenced to serve six to 30 years in prison back in 2013 after pleading guilty to having sex with a student who was 14 at the time.
In the ruling, state Supreme Court judges ruled that Davis’ sentence should be vacated and he should be re-sentenced because of one particular offense variable, which is a guideline judges use to determine sentences.
“Scoring the guidelines is a little bit like doing a bracket for NCAA basketball. It’s like a spreadsheet and it asks a bunch of questions and you answer those questions and you come up with a range of sentences. In this particular case, it was offensive variable 11, it’s a question limited to sex crimes. They argued it and the judge ruled the way he did and what the Supreme Court did today is they said that the judge made a mistake on this point and they reversed and ran it for re-sentencing” said Curt Benson, a Cooley Law School professor.
According to Benson, the ruling will not necessarily mean a lower sentence for Davis.
“I’m sure the defendant has his hopes up that maybe he’s gonna get some time knocked off, but we’ll see, but it’s not uncommon for the courts to reverse these and order re-sentencing and the sentences usually come out roughly the same,” said Benson.
Benson told 24 Hour News 8 that it’s a possibility Davis may get a lower minimum sentence, meaning a year or a few months shaved off of the 6 year minimum he faces now.
It is unknown when Davis will be re-sentenced and he remains in prison for the criminal sexual conduct charge.