Prosecutor: 15-year-old to be charged as adult in sister’s stabbing

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KENT COUNTY, Mich. -- The Caledonia teen accused of repeatedly stabbing his 13-year-old sister will be charged as an adult, prosecutors announced Friday.

According to the Kent County Prosecutor's Office, 15-year-old Max Hilton is being charged with assault with attempt to commit murder.  Because he's being charged as an adult, his court file is now a public record which is why FOX 17 is now identifying the teen.

Hilton pleaded 'not guilty' Friday afternoon in court. His bond was set at $500,000, requests by his attorney to have it lowered were denied.

Citing the seriousness of the charges, Vicki Seidl with the Kent County Prosecutor's Office said the bond amount was appropriate.

Police were called to the 8500 block of Grainery Road SE just after 1:15 p.m. Saturday.  They found the girl with serious stab wounds, and she was taken to the hospital by Aero Med.

Hilton was arrested. The siblings' father, whom the two lived with, was not home at the time of the alleged attack.

A motive remains unclear. Hilton has no previous criminal record.

The girl is expected to survive, according to the family.

Both of Hilton's parents sat next to him in court Friday with his father reaching over to put his hand on the boy's shoulder at one point.

The decision to try the boy as an adult in a juvenile setting is one that will allow the judge to consider both juvenile and adult sentences if convicted, according to Seidl.

"We can do whatever we need to do to figure out what's going on during the time we try to rehabilitate him and this allows us," Seidl said. "As opposed to just automatically waiving him, it would just be straight prison."

Hilton's defense attorney Chuck Boekeloo, who is also representing 12-year-old murder suspect Jamarion Lawhorn, said he could possibly request his client undergo a psychiatric evaluation before the trial proceeds.

Boekeloo said Hilton's parents did not want to address media other than to extend their thanks to the doctors and staff at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital for the care of their daughter.

"Certainly as you can understand, it's a stressful situation  and you hate to see any family go through this as a parent of a victim or in this case the person who is accused," he said.

"To have both in the same family is devastating.”

Hilton is expected to be back in court next month.

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  • therealist

    It is my personal and professional opinion, that in this case Mr. Hilton should not be charged as an adult! If he is sentenced to prison for decades, he will come out much worse than when he went in at a young age, as there is no rehabilitation in prison. It is a proven fact and statistics show it, being in prison for long sentences, makes a person worse. In prison, the name of the game is survival. Survival is daily in prison 24/7 365 days a year, one must learn how to protect themselves from predators, so one if he is not tough, he must learn to get tough, or get tore up by other inmates, Prison is tough, one must watch his back at all times. “Crews” (Mini gangs) roam the prison and prison grounds. If an inmate just purchased a new pair of sneakers through the prison vendor system….a crew may surround you in less than 60 seconds…they will take the new shoes from the inmate that just bought them…if he refused to give them up..a “Hit” was out on him and it would be carried out at the first possible time without staff detection. In the juvenile system, he stands a chance at rehabilitation, which is what he needs. Should we send him to prison for decades, we will have ruined his life and chances are high to will have no choice but to return to crime of sorts after he is release. Should he be charged as a juvenile, rehabilitation is a strong possibility, and it would not destroy his life. “the realist”

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