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Resentence denied for Nunica man in prison for molesting girl

Becky Vargo • Apr 30, 2019 at 9:00 AM

A Nunica man serving prison time for criminal sexual conduct won’t be resentenced following an appeal heard Monday in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

Judge Karen Miedema denied the request to create a new presentence report for Jordan Brett Haines, noting that the requested changes would not make a difference in the sentencing guidelines.

The judge also emphasized the care taken during the original sentencing, including a long discussion on the variables. There were several rulings at the time in favor of the defendant, she said.

Haines was sentenced by Miedema on Sept. 24, 2018, to a minimum of nine years and up to 30 years in prison. He had pleaded guilty in July to one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. In exchange for the plea, the court dismissed the following charges: second-degree criminal sexual conduct, using a computer to commit a crime and possession of child sexually abusive material.

Haines, now 28, was charged with molesting his roommate’s 12-year-old daughter.

During last year’s sentencing, the victim’s mother said there was a video of Haines touching her daughter. There were also cameras found in the bathroom and in her daughter’s bedroom.

In his motion for a new sentence, defense attorney Carl Christoph said there were 3-4 instances where his client was interviewed without the presence of an attorney.

Christoph also objected to sentences in the presentence report that he called “opinion.” Those sentences contained comments about the defendant’s criminal history and also about the nature of the incident. Miedema said those items had been changed during the sentencing hearing and the changes had been approved by both the defense and prosecuting attorneys.

Christoph said his copy of the presentence report did not contain the changes, which was also a problem for Haines in prison, because that report is used to evaluate the defendant for possible participation in prison programs.

The judge ordered that a corrected copy of the presentence report be supplied to the appeals attorney. Christoph said he would supply the corrected copy to the prison. 

Haines continues to be housed at the Michigan Reformatory in Ionia.

Christoph said the next step is to file an appeal with the Michigan Court of Appeals in an effort to get Haines’ prison term shortened.

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