LIVINGSTON COUNTY – As it stands, Livingston County District Attorney Greg McCaffrey is not satisfied with Judge Robert Wiggins’ proposed sentence for a Livonia man who is moving toward resolving felony Conspiracy charges.
Robert Bentley, 27, was arrested with Matthew Bateman, 23, in June for allegedly plotting to kidnap and rape an employee at their Individualized Residential Alternatives (IRA) home in Springwater and a Livingston County Employee. Bateman was deemed incompetent to stand trial after a 730 hearing, but Bentley is moving toward resolving his charges of Conspiracy in the Second Degree, a B felony, and a Violation of Probation, an E felony.
“We are seeking a sentence of 10 to 20 years with the Department of Corrections, but the court has said that it would consider a much less sentence,” said DA McCaffrey in court. He later added, “I am seeking 10 to 20. The Judge’s offer is slightly above the minimum, and I’m requesting slightly below the maximum.”
Bentley’s attorney, Chief Public Defender Marcea Clark Tetamore, said that Judge Wiggins has agreed to go along with a much lesser sentence of 5 to 10 years.
“The court says that it is willing to go along with 5 to 10, which is greater than the minimum, by a couple of months,” said Tetamore.
Tetamore added that as part of weighing the DA’s offer, Bentley would like a joint meeting with his family and the DA.
“I requested in chambers and I renew my request for the record, that Mr. Bentley has asked for a meeting with his family and Mr. McCaffrey,” said Tetamore.
DA McCaffrey declined.
“I see no reason why I would ever entertain a meeting with Mr. Bentley,” said DA McCaffrey. “So I politely decline.”
Bentley is a level 3 sex offender, considered at maximum risk to re-offend. He pled guilty to Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child, an E felony, in June 2014.
Tetamore was granted an adjournment so that Bentley can further weigh the offer and consult his family. He is still presumed innocent and can take the case to trial.