Some quotes from that BBC item ~ do they clarify anything?

Polanski was initially indicted on six counts and faced up to life in prison.

US prosecutors want Mr Polanski to face sentencing

He pleaded guilty at the time but then fled abroad.

'.. he claimed misconduct by the judge, now deceased, who had arranged a plea bargain and then reneged on it.'

"The secret of success is constancy to purpose" - Benjamin Disraeli.