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Case Number: 1:21-cr-00004-HYJ
Judge: Hala Y. Jarbou
Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan (Kent County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Grand Rapids, MI: Criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with sexual assaults against a young child.
Alexander Scott Yossett, 28, of South Bend, Indiana, was charged for committing sexual assaults against a young child
Yossett pled guilty on May 26, 2021, to Abusive Sexual Contact with a Child Under 12 Years. He admitted that he had repeatedly sexually assaulted a young child while on a tribal reservation in Michigan. In its sentencing memorandum, the U.S. Attorney’s Office argued in favor of a lengthy sentence, pointing to the seriousness of the defendant’s conduct and the need to deter others and protect the public. The United States emphasized the particularly despicable nature of child sex abuse and the lasting scars it leaves on its victims.
U.S. Attorney Birge stated: “The federal penalties for those who sexually abuse children are severe and well-deserved. My office is dedicated to working these cases with our tribal, state, local, and federal partners to make sure that victims receive justice and needed services and that predators are sent away and can pose no threat to children for a very long time.”
This case was jointly investigated by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Tribal Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Outcome: 09/10/2021 59 MINUTES of SENTENCING for Alexander Scott Yossett (1), Count(s) 1, 1s, 2, 2s, 3-4, 3s-4s, 5, 5s, dismissed; Count(s) 1ss, 293 months imprisonment, supervised release for life, $1,000 fine, $100 special assessment, $5,000 JVTA assessment; defendant advised of right to appeal; held before District Judge Hala Y. Jarbou (Court Reporter: Genevieve Hamlin) (aks) (Entered: 09/10/2021)
09/10/2021 60 JUDGMENT as to defendant Alexander Scott Yossett; signed by District Judge Hala Y. Jarbou (aks) (Entered: 09/10/2021)
09/10/2021 61 (RESTRICTED ACCESS) STATEMENT OF REASONS re 60 as to Alexander Scott Yossett [Access to this document is available to the Court and attorney(s) for USA, Alexander Scott Yossett only] (aks) (Entered: 09/10/2021)
09/10/2021 62 ORDER denying motion for variance under 18 U.S.C. 3553(a) 54 as to Alexander Scott Yossett (1); signed by District Judge Hala Y. Jarbou (aks) (Entered: 09/10/2021)