Man's Sex Case On Hold After Lawyer Withdraws 5-03-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Man's Sex Case On Hold After Lawyer Withdraws 5-03-2011

The trial for a parolee in the Thumb who is accused of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl has been pushed back.
According to the Bay City Times, prosecutors in Huron County said the delay stems from a change in who will be defending 42-year-old Keith Bullard.
Apparently a court-appointed attorney withdrew from the case.
Bullard is charged with several counts of first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct in the alleged crimes that happened two years ago.
Bullard is currently being held at the Huron County Jail on the two charges. The charges are the latest in a long line of brushes with the law.
Bullard has been in prison on and off since 1987 on five convictions for breaking and entering, armed robbery and various drug counts.
Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson said last year that Bullard was out on parole when the alleged sex assault occurred.
“Don’t you think there was some kind of indication that this individual was not playing up to what he promised?” Hanson said at the time of Bullard's last arrest. “Basically he promised the parole board that 'I’m going to behave.' Well, he didn’t behave.”
Hanson said Bullard only served 15 months of his last sentence and said he should have been kept in a state prison until 2030.
“If he was still in prison, which he should have been, he wouldn’t have been able to do this because he would still have been incarcerated,” said Hanson.
State prison officials told WNEM TV5 last May that it’s impossible to know when a former will re-offend. They also pointed out that Bullard served his minimum sentence the last time around.
If Bullard is convicted on the rape charge, he could face life in prison.
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