JACKSON, Mich. (AP) – The Michigan appeals court says a four-year prison sentence for a polite bank robber was unreasonable.
The court has granted a new hearing to James Gailey. Guidelines suggested a minimum sentence of 10 months in jail, but Jackson County Judge John McBain went much higher.READ MORE: What Is The Best Sunscreen For Me? Environmental Working Group Releases Annual Guide
Gailey pleaded guilty to robbing a bank just two days before Christmas in 2014. He told a teller to put money into a cloth bag. Gailey didn’t have a weapon, and he apologized several times. He was accused of robbing the same bank months later.READ MORE: Parole Denied For Don Miller Who Killed 4 Women In Lansing In The 1970s
The appeals court says the judge failed to adequately justify the minimum four-year sentence. The same punishment still is possible at the next hearing. Gailey has been in prison for 2½ years.MORE NEWS: Michigan Court Seeks More From Whitmer About Abortion Ban Challenge
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