UPDATE: Ironwood man sentenced Tuesday after criminal sexual conduct conviction
19-year-old Trent Perlich, has been sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison for each count, which will be served concurrently.
BESSEMER, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE: Oct. 12: An Ironwood man has been sentenced in Gogebic County court following his criminal sexual conduct conviction in July.
According to Gogebic County Prosecutor, Nick Jacobs, 19-year-old Trent Perlich, has been sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison for each count, which will be served concurrently. He also has to pay court fees.
Prosecutor Jacobs says that Perlich is still lodged in the Gogebic County Jail, as the Marquette Branch Prison is at “full capacity.”
Perlich was originally found guilty by a 12-person jury on the three separate counts of criminal sexual conduct in the 1st degree on July 28, 2021.
UPDATE: Sept. 9: Gogebic County Prosecutor Nick Jacobs says Trent Perlich has waived his extradition from Wisconsin, and has been returned to Gogebic County Jail, awaiting his sentencing.
On Thursday, a hearing was held regarding the revocation of Perlich’s bond, but the judge chose to keep his bond revoked and Perlich in jail.
His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 12 at 9:00 a.m. central.
ORIGINAL STORY: Trent Perlich has been located in Anderson, Wisconsin, and is currently lodged in the Iron County Jail. He is pending extradition back to Michigan to face sentencing.
An Ironwood man was convicted on criminal sexual conduct charges in Gogebic County Circuit Court on Wednesday but remains at large.
According to Gogebic County Prosecutor, Nick Jacobs, 19-year-old Trent Perlich, of Ironwood, was found guilty by a 12-person jury of 3 separate counts of criminal sexual conduct in the 1st degree on July 28, 2021.
Each count is a felony carrying up to life in prison with a mandatory minimum term of 25 years, including lifetime electronic monitoring as a registered sex offender.
Jacobs said that what is unusual about this case is that the defendant was allowed to remain free on bond through the trial and had made all court appearances, however, while the jury was deliberating the defendant was allowed to go for lunch but never returned. The jury returned their verdict in Perlich’s absence.
The prosecutor obtained a nationwide pick-up warrant for Perlich’s apprehension and arrest and his bond was revoked by Circuit Court Judge Michael Pope.
Perlich remains at large and his whereabouts are unknown. Local law enforcement is actively attempting to locate him.
Perlich is described as 5′11″ tall, 155 pounds with green eyes and dark brown hair (pictured above). Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office at 906-667-0203.
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