Sound Off: Sentencing
In a recent criminal case I’ve been following in the LJWorld, a defendant pleaded guilty as part of an agreement with the prosecution, and a sentence was mentioned. However, when the defendant was later sentenced, it was for longer than the previous article stated. Why?
In plea agreements, the prosecution and defense recommend a sentence to the judge. Often, the judge will impose the recommended sentence, but they are not obligated to do that. Judges are free to impose any sentence that falls within the Kansas sentencing guidelines for the crime, based on the severity and someone’s criminal history.