Judge sentences former Grayling man to lengthy term in prison
Dan Sanderson | Staff Writer
Calling a former Grayling resident’s actions “diabolical” and “cowardice,” Chief 46th Trial Court Judge George J. Mertz sent him to prison for at least two and half decades on Monday.
Citing several substantial and compelling reasons to depart from recommended guidelines, Mertz sentenced Terry Mathew Streib, 53, to serve 25 years to 40 years in prison for three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct causing injury on Monday, April 17. Streib was also ordered to serve seven years and four months to 15 years for a charge of unlawful imprisonment. He was given credit for 456 days served in the Crawford County Jail, for the sentences he will serve concurrently to one another.
Streib, who lived in Standish but is a former Grayling resident, was arrested by Troopers from the Houghton Lake Post of the Michigan State Police following an incident that took place in the City of Grayling on Jan. 10, 2016.
First Lt. Joshua Lator, the commander of the Houghton Lake Post of the Michigan State Police, said Streib broke into the home of a person he knows, then committed several crimes, including attempting to murder that person.
Mertz said the sheer amount of pre-planning and his pre-meditated actions factored into his sentencing. Streib previously reported a Peeping Tom complaint at the victim’s home and broke a basement window to make it look like there was a forced entry into the home. He also wore oversized boots to make tracks in the snow in an attempt to make it look like he was not the perpetrator. He also had several other items at the crime scene to cover his tracks.
“The depravity is shocking,” Mertz said.
Thomas J. Seger, a defense attorney from Traverse City, representing Streib, argued that an 18-year plus prison sentence was adequate because his client had no prior criminal history. He also said Streib’s chances of rehabilitation would increase if he goes through the proper programs while in prison.
Finally, Seger argued that Streib would be a feeble old man if he was ever paroled.
Mertz did not buy into that argument, saying the sentencing guidelines were “woefully inadequate” and that Streib should never see the light of day outside of prison.
“I hope that’s the way it works out,” Mertz said.
Streib entered into a plea agreement on March 9 to avoid a jury trial, which was scheduled to take place this month.
A charge of assault with intent to commit murder, kidnapping, three additional counts of criminal sexual conduct first-degree causing injury, assault by strangulation, and domestic violence were dropped.
Mertz said he did not believe claims that Streib was remorseful and took responsibly for his actions given the amount of psychological and physical torture he put the victim through.
“This isn’t a game,” Mertz said. “You’re not in charge of the system. You’re not going to game the system.”
Otsego County Chief Prosecuting Attorney Brendan P. Curran, who handled the prosecution of Streib’s case through a special assignment from the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, said the pre-sentence paperwork on Monday could not address the severity of his crimes.
“I can’t think of an offense variable, in these well-thought out guidelines, that this remarkable young woman will ever know peace in her own home that we all take for granted,” Curran said.
The woman said she no longer holds anger and frustration from the acts that occurred, since she has become a better person.
“I’m scared for you, because I can’t choose who I am,” she said. “I still care.”
Mertz said the strength and bravery displayed by the woman makes her a survivor more than a victim.
“I have no doubt that you’re going to move on from this,” Mertz said.