Posted: Aug 27, 2013 7:41 PM by Kyle Benton - Q2 NEWS
Updated: Aug 28, 2013 7:10 AM
BILLINGS - Community members are now calling for a protest and a local judge to resign, as a former Senior High School teacher is sentenced for rape.
Stacey Rambold will now serve 30 days in jail and will be under 15 years probation for raping a 14 year old Cherice Moralez, who later committed suicide.
District Judge Todd Baugh sentenced Rambold Monday, to 15 years in prison, with all but 31 days suspended.
The 54 year old will be given credit for "one" day already served.
"Yesterday, I got up, I went to court, I was floored." says Cherice's mother, Auliea Hanlon. " I thought there was a minimum sentence. I don't know, my faith in the justice system is gone." continued Hanlon.
Hanlon pleaded with the court to give Rambold the maximum sentence, citing the former teacher's conduct played a major role in her daughter's suicide.
A Silent protest is now scheduled for this Thursday at noon on the Yellowstone County Courthouse Lawn.
A petition calling for Judge Baugh's resignation is now circulating.