Judge Rosemarie Aquilina denies Larry Nassar’s request for new sentence

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Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who was recently confirmed to stay on the Larry Nassar case after a motion filed by Nassar’s new attorneys, Malaika Ramsey-Heath and Jacqueline McCann, filed to have him resentenced in Ingham County, Michigan by a judge other than Judge Aquilina, has denied Nassar a new sentence in his sexual assault convictions.

Here is what Judge Aquilina had to say about the matter, according to NBC Sports.

“This is not Burger King. He will not have it his way.”

It was Judge Aquilina who sentenced Nassar, the 55-year-old disgraced former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University physician, to between 40 and 175 years in state prison on seven sexual assault charges back in January in Ingham County, Michigan following a seven-day sentencing hearing.

During this sentencing, Judge Aquilina became the first person to truly allow the voices of the survivors to be heard, as a total of 169 victim impact statements were read in court in front of Nassar. Of these 169 victim impact statements, 156 were read by people who have accused Nassar of sexual assault and the other 13 were read on the behalves of more people who have accused him of sexual assault.

Nassar has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 330 people, many of whom female gymnasts, including Olympic champion gymnasts Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Madison KocianMcKayla MaroneyAly RaismanKyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber, under the guise of medical treatment for more than two days.

Prior to being sentenced to between 40 and 175 years in state prison by Judge Aquilina, Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison on three child pornography charges by U.S. District Judge Janet Neff. He was issued this prison sentence in December.

Nassar was serving this prison sentence at United States Penitentiary, Tucson, a maximum-security federal prison in Tucson, Arizona, until he was moved from there to the Federal Transfer Center, Oklahoma City just weeks after his lawyers claim that he was physically assaulted within hours of his release into the general population of United States Penitentiary, Tucson back in May.

Nassar has since been transferred to United States Penitentiary, Coleman II, a high-security federal prison for male inmates that is is located in central Florida roughly 50 miles northwest of Orlando, 60 miles northeast of Tampa and 35 miles south of Ocala and is a part of the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex (FCC Coleman). It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice.

In February, Nassar was issued another state prison sentence for between 40 and 125 more years by Judge Janice Cunningham in Eaton County, Michigan. He was issued this prison sentence on three sexual assault charges following a three-day sentencing hearing during which 65 more of the people who have accused him of sexual assault delivered victim impact statements in front of him in court.

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