PEOPLE OF MI V JEFFREY JOHN LAVALLEYAnnotate this Case
STATE OF MICHIGAN
COURT OF APPEALS
PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN,
February 28, 1997
Berrien Circuit Court
LC No. 95-001976-FC
JEFFREY JOHN LaVALLEY,
Before: Murphy, P.J., and Markey and A.A. Monton,* JJ.
Defendant pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sexual conduct, MCL 750.520c(1)(a);
MSA 28.788(3)(1)(a), second offense, MCL 750.520f; MSA 28.788(6), and was sentenced to eight
to fifteen years’ imprisonment. He appeals as of right and we affirm.
At a motion for resentencing, the sentencing court admitted to a scoring error of offense variable
twelve (OV 12), based on People v Polus, 197 Mich App 197; 495 NW2d 402 (1992), which
changed the guidelines range from five to ten years to four to ten years. However, the sentencing court
went on to state that, because the same sentence would have been imposed under the four to ten years
guidelines range, resentencing was unnecessary. Defendant argues that a scoring error can never be
regarded as harmless and that he should be resentenced. However, under Polus, the sentencing court’s
denial of resentencing was a proper exercise of discretion. Id. at 201-202. Recently, a conflict panel of
this Court overruled Polus in regard to the scoring of OV 12. People v Raby, 218 Mich App 78; 554
NW2d 25 (1996). Under Raby, there was no scoring error in the original guidelines. Therefore,
defendant was not sentenced under improperly scored guidelines and his claim that he should be
resentenced is essentially moot. The sentencing court has clearly expressed its opinion that whether OV
12 is scored at zero or fifty, defendant’s sentence should be eight to fifteen years. Defendant is not
entitled to be resentenced.
* Circuit judge, sitting on the Court of Appeals by assignment.
Also, contrary to defendant’s claim, we are of the opinion that based on the circumstances
surrounding the offense and the offender, defendant’s eight- to fifteen-year sentence is proportionate.
People v Milbourn, 435 Mich 630; 461 NW2d 1 (1980).
/s/ William B. Murphy
/s/ Jane E. Markey
/s/ Anthony A. Monton