A Holt man will spend 10 years in prison in connection with the sexual assault of four preteen girls.
In three separate cases, Troy Thomas Milan, 43, was charged this summer with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and five counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
After reaching a deal with prosecutors, Milan pleaded no contest to one count each of second and third degree criminal sexual conduct. Also per the agreement, Milan was sentenced Wednesday in Ingham County Circuit Court to between 10 and 15 years in prison.
Speaking at the hearing, one victim's mother said her daughter still has nightmares. "The memories of the incident haunt her," the woman said. "She has asked me if her life could go back to before, when she wasn't scared all the time."
The State Journal does not typically identify victims of sexual assault.
Some of the assaults took place this year, while others date as far back as 2010, according to court records.
One of the victims told police Milan had touched her sexually both over and under her clothes, according to testimony from Detective Jody McGuire, with the Ingham County Sheriff's Office.
The victim's mother also said she's "shocked" that current legislation allows sentences to run concurrently rather than consecutively.
"To put this into perspective, Troy Milan could have walked into any school of his choice and violated and robbed the innocence of every preteen girl he came into contact with, and he would only get 10 years of prison at a minimum," she said.
"This legislation is a great injustice and a failure to the children we are entrusted to protect."
Assistant Ingham County Prosecutor Andrew Stevens acknowledged the problem.
He said taking the case to trial could have ensured a minimum 25-year sentence, but doing so would have re-victimized the four girls by forcing them to testify about their abuse.
By reaching the plea deal, prosecutors were limited to concurrent sentences of 10-15 years, Stevens said.
"There is a hole, or a gap in the system," he said. "The only redeeming quality that Mr. Milan has exhibited here is the fact that he has not put the girls though (a trial) and accepted his minimum sentence of 10 years."
Given a chance to speak before Judge Clinton Canady III announced his sentence, Milan uttered a single sentence: "I apologize for being here today and taking up your time."
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