May 27, 2015
PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, Plaintiff-Appellant,
PATRICIA MILISSA KREINER, Defendant-Appellee
COA: 309334. Bay CC: 11-010364-FC.
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 October 23, 2014 judgment of the Court of Appeals is considered and, pursuant to MCR 7.302(H)(1), in lieu of granting leave to appeal, we REMAND this case to the Court of Appeals for further consideration. Defendant was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, MCL 750.520b(1)(a) (sexual penetration of a victim under 13 years of age). Pursuant to the terms of a proposed plea agreement, she would have pleaded guilty as charged in exchange for a sentence agreement for a ten-year minimum sentence. Defendant rejected the plea offer, but following a post-conviction Ginther hearing, see People v Ginther, 390 Mich. 436; 212 N.W.2d 922 [497 Mich. 1025] (1973), the trial court ruled that defendant's decision to reject the offer was the result of ineffective assistance on the part of her trial counsel and ordered the prosecutor to re-offer the plea. However, MCL 750.520b(2)(b) provides that the statutorily authorized punishment for the offense to which defendant is to plead guilty under the proposed plea agreement is " imprisonment for life or any term of years, but not less than 25 years." Therefore, the plea agreement calls for a sentence that the trial court is without authority to impose. Given this, on remand, we DIRECT the Court of Appeals to address the appropriate
remedy, if any, for defendant under the circumstances of this case. See Lafler v Cooper, U.S. ; 132 S.Ct. 1376; 182 L.Ed.2d 398 (2012).