Kullman to get at least 7 years in prison
REED CITY — Former Evart High School principal Alan Kullman will go to prison for at least seven years for having sexual contact with a 14-year-old female student.
Kullman was arrested in June and charged with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. That same month, he resigned from his position at Evart High School.
On Friday, Kullman pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct during a pretrial in Osceola County’s 49th Circuit Court. He will be sentenced at 9:15 a.m. on Nov. 16 in Judge Ronald Nichols’ courtroom at the Osceola County Courthouse, located at 301 W. Upton Ave. in Reed City.
“He pleaded to a Cobb’s agreement, which is where a defendant agrees to a specific offense and asks the judge to commit to a minimum sentence,” said Andrew LaPres, assistant prosecuting attorney for Osceola County. “He’s asking the judge to take all the knowledge on this case and determine what his sentence would be. The sentence will be a minimum of 85 months in prison. ... (It will be up to the judge) to set a maximum.”
The former educator had previously entered a guilty plea to one of the three charges against him and was scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 19. However, due to a disagreement between the defense and prosecution in “scoring” for the sentencing, prosecutors withdrew their offer.
During the sentence scoring process, which is designed to create sentencing guidelines, attorneys on both sides of a case evaluate a person’s prior record, the crime committed, the severity of the crime and other factors relevant to the case.
“Originally, the assistant prosecutor and the defense attorney had come to an agreement on where the sentencing would be,” Osceola County Prosecutor James Sims II previously told the Pioneer. “When we arrived in court (on Oct. 19), the numbers were much different than what we had expected. There was too great a difference to go on with sentencing. We withdrew our offer.”