Man rejects plea deal, faces up to life without parole for CSC.

July 11, 2017


Man rejects plea deal, faces up to life without parole for CSC.


By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 35-year-old Sherman Township man facing numerous criminal sexual conduct (CSC) charges rejected a plea arrangement offered by Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola Tuesday, July 11, in 51st Circuit Court that would have spared him from a 25-year minimum prison term, but he rejected the offer and now his case is headed to trial.

Ryan Lee Herrera, of 3376 N. Custer Rd., faces a maximum prison term of life without parole due to his previous criminal record.

Herrera faces felony charges of second-offense first-degree criminal sexual conduct (victim under 13), first-degree criminal sexual conduct (during a felony), possession of child sexually-abusive material, delivery of marijuana, maintaining a drug house, and accosting a child for immoral purposes in one file. In another court file, Herrera is charged with second-offense accosting a child for immoral purposes. There are two separate victims, said Spaniola.

The prosecutor offered a plea deal during Tuesday’s final conference hearing in which Herrera could plead guilty to two counts of first-degree CSC and second-offense accosting a child for immoral purposes. His minimum sentence would be within the guidelines of 171-356 months, which is 14.25 to 29.7 years. Spaniola said the maximum prison term would be 70 years. In the other file, Herrera would plead guilty to second-offense accosting a child for immoral purposes with a six-year maximum prison term. The two terms would run concurrently.

“My client will enter a ‘not guilty’ plea, and we will set the matter for trial,” said his attorney David Glancy.

A first-degree CSC conviction requires a 25-year mandatory minimum and lifetime mandatory electronic monitoring. Due to Herrera’s previous criminal history, a first-degree CSC conviction elevates his maximum term to life without parole.

Herrera remains lodged in the Mason County Jail on a $500,000 cash/surety bond.

A trial date has not yet been scheduled.

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