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Larry Nassar Loses Another Bid For New Sentence In Eaton County

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UPDATED 7:15 P.M.: Attorneys for convicted serial sexual predator Larry Nassar were back in court Thursday. Nassar is the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients under the guise of treatment for decades.

Nassar pleaded guilty to multiple charges in Eaton County and Ingham County. In both cases, he was sentenced to at least 40 years in prison. An Ingham County judge had previously denied his request for a new sentence.

And now Eaton County Judge Janice Cunningham also says the case in her court was properly decided.

Nassar’s attorneys had tried to argue that Cunningham should not have allowed victims to talk about outside entities like Michigan State and USA Gymnastics during their impact statements.

“One speaker talked about the administration of the school, referencing MSU,” said Nassar attorney Malaika Ramsey-Heath. “And concluded by saying, ‘Larry have fun in prison it’s your turn to be abused.’”

Dozens of people spoke against Nassar at his Eaton County sentencing.

Cunningham said there wasn’t anything wrong with the victims bringing up outside entities and, “The victims were properly granted the right to speak about their experiences as a whole.”

Cunningham denied Nassar’s appeal saying, “This court did not engage in considering any impermissible factors when individually tailoring the defendant’s sentence within the confines of the plea agreement.”

Nassar’s attorneys said after the hearing that they’re headed for the Michigan Court of Appeals next. Because Nassar pleaded guilty, the court doesn’t have to consider his appeal. 

ORIGINAL AP STORY BELOW:

Another Michigan judge has rejected Larry Nassar's request for a new sentence in one of his three criminal cases.

Eaton County Judge Janice Cunningham found no grounds to give the convicted sports doctor a new hearing Thursday.

He was sentenced to at least 40 years in prison for sexually molesting girls at a Lansing-area gymnastics club, one of three-decades-long sentences that will likely keep him locked up for life.

Nassar's attorneys argued that his February court hearing was unfair because it was dominated by testimony not directly related to his crimes in Eaton County.

In August, a different judge rejected Nassar's request for a new hearing in a related case.

Hundreds of women and girls say he molested them, and many explained the impact during emotional testimony.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for 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.
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