A 17 year old from Michigan, Mr Savon Schumus, has accepted a plea deal for the murder of his half-sister, Miss Mckenna Hilton. The family is reportedly ‘very unhappy’ about the news.
A year ago, when he was only 16, Mr Schumus strangled his 18-year old half sister McKenna at the home in Grand Rapids of their parents in where they all lived together.
He then drove Hilton’s body in the back of his car to Grand Rapids Township where he dumped it. The recent high school graduate’s body was discovered by a dog walker two days later, on August 18th, 2016.
McKenna and Savon had the same father, but Mr Schumus divorced Savon’s mother and later remarried with McKenna’s mother.
The case has led to a bitter split between the children’s parents. Whilst the victim’s mom, Ms Stacey Hilton, had called for a longer sentence, the father, Mr Schumus, stood by his son during the trial.
Ms Stacey Hilton criticized their father’s on a Facebook post on Monday: “Mckenna is your child too, yet you cry for him. I don’t and can’t understand.”
The prosecutor in the case for Kent County, Mr Chris Becker said his office now decided to ask for a prison term of 30 to 40 years instead of asking for ‘life’, given that Mr Savon Schumus was 16 years old at the time of the crime, has no past criminal history, no record of violence at school, and never went through rehabilitation.
Given that he accepted to plead guilty, Mr Savon Schumus will likely escape life imprisonment.
Mr Becker said: “There is no question this was a particularly heinous crime; strangling his half-sister to death was completely unprovoked and without justification. This is not the sole determining factor. This is an unspeakable tragedy for the entire family.”