An 18-year-old Saginaw, Michigan, woman avoided a jail sentence after being accused of raping a man at knifepoint.
Lestina Marie Smith was sentenced on Nov. 20 to five years of probation and 25 years on the sex offender registry after raping a 19-year-old man in his car when she was 17. Her mother reportedly fainted and was carried out of the courtroom on a stretcher. Smith's attorney, James Gust, said that the sentence fit Smith's situation considering her reported mental health issues and lack of a criminal record.
"Never in dealing with her, never did she appear to be someone who is a threat to society," Gust said, MLive reported. The attorney added that if the offender was a man in the same exact situation, the sentence would still have been appropriate.
The rape reportedly stemmed from a fight over a sex tape.
"He allegedly had a sex tape that he was going to put out on social media," Gust said. "She wanted to make one with him so that she would have one to keep him from putting his out there."
The two reportedly met the night of the incident and Smith ambushed the man in his car. She proceeded to berate him before punching him and stabbing him in the arm with a steak knife she had in her sleeve.
Smith then told the man to go to the back seat of the car and forced him to perform oral sex on her while she filmed it on her cell phone.
Many readers criticized the sentence given to Smith, saying that if it was a man in the same situation he would've been put in jail.
"She should be in jail for at least 5 years," one Daily Mail reader commented.
"A man who did this would get prison time, even young men who have consenting girls get 5 to 10 for them it's 5 to 10 years in prison. this judge should be disbarred, it makes me sick," another MLive reader wrote.
"This is unbelievable. Rape using a weapon and probation? So she’s on the sex offender registry. What on earth did her mother faint over? This young lady will most likely be back in court. Assault with a knife and a sex crime. I’m sure she learned a lot," another added.
"Typical of women. They want combat but don't want to be drafted. They want equal pay but I remember when I worked at retail the [management] would walk right past all the women that worked there to find ME when something heavy needed to be lifted or to deal with a combative customer. Now THIS? I won't even comment on parental rights abuses by the courts," another commented.