CSC case set for trial in May.

January 29, 2018

Daniel Durbin with his attorney, Rick Prysock, in 27th Circuit Court Monday, Jan. 29. Oceana County Sheriff’s Deputy Dave Gregwer is pictured in the background.

CSC case set for trial in May.


By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — The criminal sexual conduct (CSC) case against a 34-year-old Holton man is heading to trial, May 1-3.

Daniel James Durbin, of 9260 S. 180th Ave., rejected a plea agreement offered by the Oceana County Prosecutor’s Office last December in 27th Circuit Court that called for a minimum of seven years in prison. If Durbin is convicted by a jury, he faces 8.25 years to 20 years in prison.

Durbin is charged with two felony counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC), each of which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison; two felony counts of accosting children for immoral purposes, each of which carry a four-year maximum; one felony count of committing gross indecency between a male and female, which is punishable by up to five years in prison; one high-court misdemeanor of fourth-degree CSC, which carries a two-year maximum; and third-offense habitual offender designation. His bail was set at $50,000/cash.

The plea deal entailed a guilty plea to one count while dismissing the other counts and capping his prison time at 84 months. If he’s convicted at trial of all charges, he would be incarcerated for 99-240 months, said Judge Robert D. Springstead.

The alleged sex crimes occurred in Greenwood Township near Hesperia during a time period of Aug. 1, 2016 to July 2, 2017, according to his court file.

Durbin’s girlfriend, 31-year-old Ericka Lee Byler of the same address, was sentenced to serve six months up front of a nine-month discretionary jail term for her involvement in the case.

Byler is convicted of accessory after the fact in the sex case in which children were allegedly victimized by Durbin.

Byler, who pleaded “no contest,” had no prior criminal record.

According to the Offender Tracking Information System (OTIS), Durbin has served three previous prison terms. He was sentenced in 2004 in Ingham County to a three-year maximum sentence for malicious destruction of property to a building $1,000-$20,000. In 2010, he was sentenced in Oceana County to a maximum term of two years for a conviction of assault with a dangerous weapon. Durbin also served a one-year maximum sentence in 2015 for a conviction of maintaining a drug house in Isabella County.

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