By JB Clark
OXFORD – A Mooreville man set to be sentenced Thursday for inappropriate contact with a student is asking his sentencing be continued while the United States Senate considers a bill that could provide him sentencing relief.
Matthew Blake Whitt, 24, entered a plea of guilty Sept. 5 on charges of having inappropriate contact with a 15-year-old student at the school where he was substitute teaching.
The Justice Safety Valve Act of 2013, a proposed law that would allow federal judges to give sentences lower than the federal minimum, is currently in the Committee on Judiciary in the U.S. Senate.
The bill was read and referred to committee in March 2013. It’s aim is to provide relief for a swelling federal prison population.
If Whitt is not allowed to wait for the Safety Valve Act, he is facing a mandatory 10-year minimum sentence.