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1 killed, several injured in Cass County crash
Michigan
23-year-old Rayna Dobrodt, of Mishawaka, was taken to Niles Lakeland Hospital where she died from her injuries
August 16 2014
Michigan Supreme Court denies parole hearings to juvenile lifers
Michigan
The Michigan Supreme Court ruled 4-3 Tuesday that juveniles given automatic life-without-parole sentences aren't eligible for parole — even though the U.S. Supreme Court decided in 2012 that such sentences were unconstitutional.
July 09 2014
2 Michigan juveniles face life sentences for murder
Michigan
Two Michigan juveniles are facing life sentences after being convicted of first degree murder.
June 06 2014
One going to trial, another takes plea deal in slaying of MSU student Dustyn Frolka (Updated 9:23 a
Michigan
ST. JOHNS -- Two of the three Saline juveniles accused in the Feb. 15 robbery and killing of a Michigan State University student were in Circuit Court Monday morning after waiving preliminary exams earlier this month.
April 28 2014
SALINE: Teens accused in murder waive preliminary exams, Grigg expected to plea (UPDATED 12:16 p.m.
Michigan
ST. JOHNS — Two of the three juveniles accused in the slaying of a Michigan State University student waived their rights to a preliminary examination on Tuesday morning.
April 01 2014
State Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Juvenile Lifers
Michigan
Michigan Supreme Court justices heard arguments to decide if juveniles serving life should be re-sentenced.
March 29 2014
Michigan Supreme Court weighs if juveniles serving life should be resentenced
Detroit, michigan
The fate of more than 350 Michigan teenagers serving mandatory life sentences without parole is in the hands of the Michigan Supreme Court after justices heard three hours of argument Thursday on the impact of a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
March 16 2014
Attorneys debate before high court if juvenile lifers get chance at parole
Lansing, Michigan
Lansing — Attorneys debated Thursday before the state Supreme Court whether a U.S. Supreme Court ruling would require parole consideration for more than 360 Michigan inmates serving life without parole for crimes committed as juveniles.
March 07 2014
Is Sentencing Juveniles To Life Behind Bars Cruel And Unusual? Michigan Supreme Court To Decide
Michigan
Michigan has roughly 360 inmates in prison for life who were convicted of first degree murder when they were just teenagers.
March 06 2014
Legislators grapple with court decision on parole for juvenile lifers
Michigan
The conflicting emotions are surfacing as the Legislature struggles to pass bills to allow re-sentencing — but not immediate eligibility for parole — for Michigan's juvenile lifers, while facing a federal judge's Jan. 31 deadline to reform state sentencing policies. The bills also would permit less-than-life sentences for juveniles who commit murders in the future.
January 23 2014
Services announced for 12-year-old killed in car accident
Michigan
Services have been announced for Adrian Chiquito, 12, who died Tuesday in a car accident in Cass County.  Visitation will be held Sunday, January 5 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Brown Funeral Home in Niles.
January 12 2014
Parole hearings on hold for 360 Michigan juveniles serving life sentences
Lansing, michigan
The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to stay a judge's order that requires parole hearings for 360 Michigan juveniles serving life sentences for murder without the possibility of parole.
January 09 2014
State Senate OKs new sentencing rules for young killers
Ann Arbor, michigan
Lansing — The Michigan Senate voted unanimously Thursday to create new sentencing rules for young killers, 16 months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles.
November 04 2013
State Senate approves new rules for sentencing teen killers
Ann Arbor, michigan
The Michigan Senate voted unanimously Thursday to create new sentencing rules for young killers, 16 months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles.
November 04 2013
Hearing on juvenile sentencing in Michigan draws loved ones of victims and killers
Sterling, michigan
Relatives of murder victims and juveniles serving life sentences without parole filled a committee room today as state lawmakers considered changing Michigan's sentencing laws to conform with a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
September 04 2013
Jury to hear testimony in 2010 slayings of John and Carolyn Tarwacki
Niles, Michigan
CASSOPOLIS - The trial of the Niles man accused of the brutal shooting and stabbing deaths of John and Carolyn Tarwacki at their Carberry Road residence, just east of the Niles city limits, is about to get under way.
August 28 2013
CONTINUING COVERAGE: Lintz double murder trial underway
Michigan
CASSOPOLIS, Mich. – Six women and eight men were selected as jurors Tuesday in the high-profile double murder trial of a Niles man.
August 27 2013
CONTINUING COVERAGE: Jury seated in Tarwacki murder trial
Michigan
CASSOPOLIS, Mich. – Six women and eight men were selected as jurors Tuesday in the high-profile double murder trial of a Niles man.
August 27 2013
Loved ones of victims, killers turn out for hearing on juvenile sentencing in Michigan
Michigan
Relatives of murder victims and juveniles serving life sentences without parole filled a committee room today as state lawmakers considered changing Michigan's sentencing laws to conform with a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
August 27 2013
Federal judge upholds ban on life, no parole for juveniles
Grant, michigan
ANN ARBOR — A federal judge upheld his earlier ruling Monday that Michigan must grant parole consideration to anyone convicted of murder as a juvenile.
August 23 2013
Judge upholds ban on life, no parole for juveniles
Grant, michigan
DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge upheld his earlier ruling Monday that Michigan must grant parole consideration to anyone convicted of murder as a juvenile.
August 23 2013
Judge certifies juveniles to be tried as adults for murders near Lampe
Nashville, michigan
GALENA, Mo. -- Stone County Juvenile Court Judge Alan Blankenship ruled Tuesday that two teenagers accused of murdering a couple from Michigan will be tried as adults. Blankenship made his ruling after a hearing last week in which he heard details about the murders of Paul and Margaret Brooks on Jan. 31, as well about the lives and mentalities of the teenagers.
May 04 2013
Niles teen admits to probation violation
Niles, Michigan
NILES -- Martell Miller, of Niles, must get a job and perform community service after pleading guilty today to violating his probation from a January 2012 sentence for attempted assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.
April 22 2013
Guilty verdict upheld in murder trial
Michigan
The Michigan Court of Appeals has issued it is decision concerning a Niles teen that shot and killed his step-grandfather three years ago.
April 08 2013
Federal judge: 350 juvenile lifers in Michigan have chance at parole
Detroit, Michigan
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Michigan's laws sending juveniles convicted of murder to prison for life are unconstitutional and ordered that the more than 350 juvenile lifers in the state have a chance at parole.
February 24 2013
Schuette: Let higher court get juvenile lifer case
Ann Arbor, Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan officials are asking a judge to call a time-out and allow an immediate appeal in a lawsuit over mandatory no-parole sentences for juveniles.
February 16 2013
Motorist hurt in rollover crash
Michigan
NILES -- A Stevensville man was taken to Memorial Hospital, South Bend, after a rollover accident on Michigan 60 at Lake Shore Drive in Howard Township.
February 02 2013
Parole possible for Niles teen who killed grandfather
Ann Arbor, Michigan
DETROIT — A Niles teenager serving a life-without-parole sentence for the March 2010 unprovoked shooting death of his grandfather may not spend the rest of his days in prison after all, based on a ruling handed down Wednesday by a federal judge.
February 02 2013
Judge's ruling gives juvenile lifers another chance at freedom
Ann Arbor, Michigan
All Michigan inmates serving no-parole sentences for murder committed as juveniles are entitled to a fair and meaningful possibility of release, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, declaring that a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision applies retroactively. The decision by...
January 31 2013
Juveniles with life sentences in Michigan have shot at release
Alabama
Ann Arbor — Juvenile killers sentenced to life in prison without parole in Michigan won a shot at freedom Wednesday after a federal judge ruled a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision applies retroactively.
January 31 2013
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