Bernard Matelski Sentenced to Prison

Former Vanderbilt school board president Bernard Matelski will spend at least 26 months in a Michigan State Prison after pleading guilty to two charges related to home invasion and criminal sexual conduct. Matelski was serving on the Vanderbilt school board when it all went down. He was sentenced to serve 26 months – 10 years.

So that’s confusing, right? Will he serve the 26 months or the 10 years? In Michigan, a prison sentence can have a minimum and a maximum. If the parole board thinks that he’s behaved and isn’t a threat to society, they can release him after 26 months. They can also keep him in prison for up to 10 years. With 10 years being the maximum sentence, they have to let him go after 10 years. There are a lot of things that go into when a person gets paroled including how the person behaves in prison and what efforts they make to rehabilitate themselves during that time.

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