Kullman pretrial scheduled for Friday


REED CITY — Former Evart High School principal Alan Kullman will return to court for a pretrial at 9 a.m. on Friday in Osceola County’s 49th Circuit Court.

Kullman was arrested in June and charged with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a 14-year-old female student. That same month, he resigned from his position at Evart High School.

Later, the former educator had entered a guilty plea to one of the three charges against him. The charge carries a maximum life sentence. He was scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 19, but 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 and now we’ll reopen discussions with the defense and see where this ends up.”