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A mid-Michigan woman who authorities say embezzled more than $400,000 from her disabled 9-year-old son's estate faces prison after entering a plea to resolve the case. The Lansing State Journal reports 32-year-old Kasie Pruden-Rivera of Eaton County is scheduled for sentencing June 28 after pleading no contest to one count of embezzling more than $100,000.

The plea isn't an admission of guilt, but is treated as such for sentencing. Eaton County Prosecutor Doug Lloyd says based on a lack of previous convictions her sentencing guidelines will likely top out at 20 months.

A 41-year-old woman has been convicted in connection with a sex-trafficking ring that authorities said involved underage girls. An Ingham County Circuit Court jury found Amber Speed guilty Friday of conducting a criminal enterprise. Speed was arrested after state police found online ads for an escort operation. Michigan's Attorney General's office says girls involved in the escort operation were minors when they were brought into the ring.

Michigan prosecutors are seeking to keep more than 200 juvenile lifers behind bars despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that says the punishment should be limited to the rarest of cases. One of those lifers, Kevin Boyd, was 16 when prosecutors say he plotted with his mother to kill his father. He says he's changed - and now at 40, he's hoping for a second chance.

Legislation heading to Gov. Rick Snyder would require the Michigan Department of Corrections to have a policy allowing for the hiring of felons. The Senate approved the bill unanimously Wednesday, months after the measure won House passage. A 1996 law prohibits people convicted of felonies from being employed in the prison agency.

A woman who entered a plea agreement in the death of an 85-year-old woman who was found in cold weather outside an assisted living center in western Michigan has received a delayed jail sentence. A Kent County Circuit Court judge on Tuesday sentenced Denise Filcek to six months in jail, but agreed to delay the jail term for an appeal.

Western Michigan man sentenced after 2 rape convictions

Oct 12, 2017

A West Michigan man has been sentenced to 24-51 years in prison for drugging and raping two women. Thirty-two-year-old Larry Stiff learned his sentence Tuesday after a Muskegon County jury last month convicted him of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving incapacitated victims. He received the sentence for each of the counts and will serve the sentences at the same time. 

The Muskegon Chronicle reports four women testified their drinks were drugged before they were sexually assaulted. Two others said they were drugged but managed to escape being assaulted.

A man accused of hiring prostitutes hundreds of times during his 20-year career as a Michigan prosecutor has been released from jail. The Lansing State Journal reports Stuart Dunnings III walked out of the Clinton County Jail early Sunday after serving 10 months.

Two men sentenced to life without parole for crimes committed as teens are savoring their freedom. They are among dozens in the U.S. resentenced and released after the Supreme Court banned mandatory no-parole sentences for juvenile offenders. Earl Rice Jr. was jailed at 17 for a purse-snatching that took a woman's life. 

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A judge ignored the terms of a plea agreement and sentenced a former FBI agent to jail for shooting at a police officer outside a Michigan fitness club.

Judge Dennis Leiber told 35-year-old Ruben Hernandez of North Las Vegas, Nevada, that anyone who shoots at a law enforcement officer is going to jail. He sentenced Hernandez Thursday to 135 days.

Hernandez pleaded no contest to felonious assault. A no-contest plea isn't an admission of guilt, but is treated as one in sentencing.

Prosecutors recommended no jail time.

A federal appeals court says Michigan still has not fixed problems with its juvenile lifer law that was declared unconstitutional four years ago.

The US Supreme Court struck down sentences of automatic life without parole for juveniles as cruel and unusual punishment.

But a group of lifers sentenced as juveniles say the state is dragging its feet, and still won’t give them a meaningful chance at parole.

“It’s unconstitutional to do this to youth. It’s akin to a death sentence,” says attorney Deborah LaBelle.

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