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18-Year-Old Gets Minimum 40 Years in Prison for Killing Half-Sister

Josephine 06/08/2021

A 17-year-old boy in Michigan pleaded guilty to the premeditated murder of his half-sister after he admitted to strangling the 18-year-old girl before dumping her body.

As part of a plea deal, Savon Schmus admitted to killing his half-sister McKenna Hilton inside their home at Lamberton Lake Apartments in northeast Grand Rapids, Michigan Live reported. 

Schmus, who was 16 years old at the time of the crime, dumped Hilton's body on Valentine Boulevard near Emerald Lake where a dog walker discovered it, authorities say. The pair lived in the apartment with their father and Hilton's mother. 

He pleaded guilty to first-degree premeditated murder on Monday in a Grand Rapids Circuit courtroom.

Earlier this month, Savon pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree murder as part of a plea deal.

In return for his guilty plea, the prosecutor's office agreed not to pursue a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Savon, whose age factored into the sentencing request, is expected to receive between 30 and 40 years in prison.

But Hilton sees it as a slap on the wrist for an unspeakable act of evil, and plans to push for the maximum 60 years at his sentencing hearing on Monday.  

To do that, she plans to bring to light past behavior and incidents involving Savon, some of which she said she had no previous knowledge of and all of which she said were never mentioned during court proceedings.

"If he gets out, he's going to do it again," she said. "He's a psychopath. All the signs point right to it. Unfortunately my daughter was his first victim, and I hope to God the last."

To do that, she plans to bring to light past behavior and incidents involving Savon, some of which she said she had no previous knowledge of and all of which she said were never mentioned during court proceedings.

"If he gets out, he's going to do it again,"she said. "He's a psychopath. All the signs point right to it. Unfortunately my daughter was his first victim, and I hope to God the last."

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