Ex-student government leader takes deal with lesser charge

Published: Jan. 17, 2020 at 6:31 PM EST
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A former student government president at Central Michigan University has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor.

The deal emerged weeks after the attorney general said Ian Elliott's felony conviction for sexual misconduct should be set aside because of wrongdoing by a prosecutor.

Elliott was sent to prison in August but now is in the Isabella County jail.

He could be free by summer.

It's the latest fallout from an investigation of Brian Kolodziej, who was an assistant attorney general. Kolodziej said he had an intimate relationship with the woman who had accused Elliott of sexual assault.

Nessel says Brian Kolodziej "failed in his sacred duty to properly administer justice."

“The contents of our investigation into former Assistant Attorney General Brian Kolodziej’s conduct on this case required that this information be relayed to Mr. Elliott’s counsel and that the defendant be permitted to set aside his original plea,” Nessel said. “After extensive discussions with both victims, it was decided that the best resolution of this matter was to allow Mr. Elliott to plead to criminal sexual conduct-fourth degree, ensuring that he would continue to serve a year in jail and have various other conditions imposed during a lengthy term of probation after his release.”

Elliott initially plead no contest to one felony count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and was sentenced on Aug. 2, 2019, according to a statement sent to News 10.

The statement said he was sentenced to a minimum of 366 days in prison and up to a maximum of 180 months by Isabella County Chief Judge Eric Janes.

Elliott was originally charged with three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of assault with intent to commit penetration, according to the statement.

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