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Jeremiah McLean nixes plea offer with years-long sentence in rape case

Jeremiah Leeford McLean

ALPENA — Jeremiah McLean, accused of raping a 15-year-old girl and keeping her captive in a makeshift shack in the woods near an Alpena cemetery in June, isn’t ready to settle for the 13 years in prison a guilty plea would probably net him, an attorney for McLean said in Alpena’s 26th Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Judge Ed Black said that, if McLean agrees to a guilty plea, he’d likely sentence McLean to 13 years behind bars — based on a report provided by the Michigan Department of Corrections — despite a plea from defense attorney Ron Bayot to consider 10 years because of McLean’s relatively clean record.

For now, McLean will continue toward trial.

A plea agreement isn’t out of the question in coming months, Bayot said.

The News does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault.

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