Man accused of raping minor turns down plea agreement

July 15, 2014


LUDINGTON — A 20-year-old man accused of raping a 10-year-old boy appeared in 51st Circuit Court today. William Joseph Handshoe, 20, no address listed, was arrested June 6 by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office on four felony counts of criminal sexual conduct, first degree, with a minor under 13-years-old by a perpetrator over 17-years-old.

Criminal sexual conduct first degree involves penetration. The charge is a life sentence with a mandatory minimum of 25 years in service.

Mason County Assistant Prosecutor Glenn Jackson III offered a plea agreement to drop the first four charges and add two additional charges: CSC first degree with a minor under 13, but taking off the perpetrator over 17-years-old charge. This would still be a life sentence but reduces it to a 15 year minimum prison sentence. The second charge would be CSC second degree with a person under 13 by a person over 17. Again, still a life sentence but without any mandatory minimum.

Defense attorney David Glancy rejected the offer. The two sides will continue to negotiate and Handshoe will appear in court again at 2:15 p.m. on Aug. 12.

He continues to be lodged in the Mason County Jail with bail of $75,000/cash/surety.


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