LIVINGSTON COUNTY – An Avon man who admitted to sexual conduct against a 3 1/2 year old family member has agreed to a lengthy time in prison Tuesday morning when threatened with another indictment which could carry a life sentence.
Matthew Bennett, 43, pled guilty to Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree, a B felony, with an agreed-upon sentence of 15 years in state prison and 20 years of post-release supervision after District Attorney Greg McCaffrey gave him the choice between that or a new indictment for a more severe A-II felony.
“Let’s just say that if there are any other options I would like to go with that, ” said Bennett. “But frankly I don’t know if there are any other options.”
Bennett’s attorney, Public Defender Marcea Clark Tetamore, said that in light of DA McCaffrey’s alternate offer to re-present the case to a Grand Jury seeking higher charges, the only choice is to accept 15 years.
“The only other choice is an A-II felony, which is not an option in my eyes,” said PD Tetamore. “If that’s the position of the DA’s Office then I have to counsel my client that 15 years is better than life.”
As part of the guilty plea, Bennett gave a full colloquy and admitted to sexually abusing a 3 1/2 year-old family member in the summer of 2005 in the Town of Avon.
Judge Robert Wiggins said that he is not ready to sentence Bennett and adjourned sentencing to a later date.