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Judge Aquilina denies Nassar resentencing request

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina
Jodi Westrick
Michigan Radio
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina has denied Larry Nassar’s request for a new sentence. She sentenced him to at least 40 years in prison.";

Convicted former Michigan State University sports doctor, Larry Nassar, will not get a new sentence – for now.

Nassar was sentenced to at least 40 years in prison for sexually assaulting seven former patients under the guise of medical treatment.

But at his sentencing, more than 100 women came forward to say that Nassar also sexually assaulted them.

Nassar’s attorneys tried to have Judge Rosemarie Aquilina removed from the case and have a different judge hear his case for a resentencing.

Jacqueline McCann is one of Nassar’s attorneys. She said Judge Aquilina was biased against Nassar during sentencing.

“There’s a lot of talk these days about whether or not anyone is above the law, but I would say the corollary to that is no one is beneath the law,” she said. “Not even Dr. Nassar.”

But that request was denied and is now being considered by the Court of Appeals.

In the meantime, Aquilina heard arguments about whether Nassar should get a new sentence.

Judge Aquilina said her sentence of 40 to 175 years in prison was appropriate, and he got the sentence that he bargained for when he pleaded guilty.

“He’s blamed everyone but himself despite pleading guilty to seven very serious counts,” she said. “What he’s asking for now is continued control like he had control over those girls. He wants to control his sentencing. He wants to reenact whatever decisions he made because of the buyer’s remorse.”

Nassar’s attorneys could appeal the decision.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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