New sentencing slated for taxi driver who attacked customers

A 2011 mug shot of Robert Prescott. (Courtesy Michigan Dept. of Corrections)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A Kalamazoo County taxi driver convicted of sexually assaulting customers will be resentenced.

Robert Prescott is currently serving 40 to 60 years on 15 charges, including:

  • Four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct
  • Seven counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony
  • One count of kidnapping
  • One count of carrying a concealed weapon
  • One count of being a felon in possession of a firearm
  • One count of assault with a dangerous weapon

Prescott was arrested after a woman said he attacked her during a January 2014 ride in his Godspeed Taxi. He was on parole at the time.

While the Michigan Court of Appeals upheld Prescott’s conviction, the court ruled he must be resentenced based on a recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling. The country’s highest court found Michigan’s sentencing guidelines were unconstitutional and not binding on a judge.

A Kalamazoo County judge will be allowed to decide what sentence is appropriate for Prescott, which could result in a longer or shorter sentence.

Prescott is one of a number of convicted felons ordered to be resentenced by the appeals court based on the Supreme Court ruling.

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