COA: 322385. Kent CC: 13-011947-FH.
Robert P. Young, Jr., Chief Justice. Stephen J. Markman, Mary Beth Kelly, Brian K. Zahra, Bridget M. McCormack, David F. Viviano, Richard H. Bernstein, Justices.
On order of the Court, the application for leave to appeal the September 2, 2014 order of the Court of Appeals is considered and, pursuant to MCR 7.302(H)(1), in lieu of granting leave to appeal, we VACATE the sentence of the Kent Circuit Court, and we REMAND this case to the trial court for resentencing. The plea agreement provided for a sentence within a sentencing guidelines range of 0 to 18 months. Thus, the trial court was required to impose an intermediate sanction as defined by MCL 769.31(b), which may not exceed a jail term of 12 months unless the trial court states on the record a substantial and compelling reason to sentence the defendant to the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections. MCL 769.34(4)(a). Here, the trial court sentenced the defendant to a term of imprisonment without any acknowledgment on the record that this was a departure from the plea and sentence agreement. On remand, ...