Marion County Judge Hale R. Stancil had said he would call Lafave, 25, and her attorney and prosecutors back to his courtroom to announce his decision. Instead, he issued a written order rejecting the plea.
"Acepting the proposed plea agreement would undermine the credibility of this court, and the criminal justice system as a whole, and would erode public confidence in our schools," Judge Stancil wrote in the order released Tuesday ...
The mother of the boy, 14 at the time of the June 2004 sexual encounters, decided last fall that the media frenzy surrounding the trials in Hillsborough and Marion counties would be too much for her son.
So Hillsborough prosecutors in November reached a deal with Lafave. She pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd and lascivious battery in exchange for serving three years of house arrest followed by seven years of probation.
Marion prosecutors wanted to offer Lafave the same punishment, to run concurrent, in exchange for her pleading guilty to two counts of lewd and lascivious battery and one count of lewd and lascivious exhibition.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
DEBRA LAFAVE PLEA BARGAIN REJECTED
The hot blonde teacher from Florida will stand trial for allegedly having sex with a middle-school student, after a judge on Tuesday said "no dice" to a deal. The St. Peterburg Times reports:
Sounds like the judge just wants to hear the juicy details about Lafave's shaving habits.