Teen sentenced to both juvenile detention and prison for stabbing sister

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Maxwell Hilton

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A teenage boy who stabbed his sister numerous times was sentenced Tuesday to juvenile detention followed by prison.

Max Hilton (pictured), 15, could spend up to life in prison based upon a judge’s future decision.

He was charged as an adult with assault with attempt to commit murder and pleaded guilty to the charge in August. On March 14, police were called to the 8500 block of Grainery Road SE near Caledonia just after 1:15 p.m. where they found Hilton’s 13-year-old sister suffering from multiple serious stab wounds. She was airlifted to the hospital by Aeromed.

On Tuesday, Hilton received a delayed sentence of a minimum of 108-180 months in prison up to a maximum of life behind bars.

Kent County assistant prosecutor Laura Clifton told FOX 17 NEWS that Hilton’s sentence gives him the benefit of treatment in a juvenile facility followed by a judge determining how much prison time he will serve on top of that.

She said Hilton will be sent to the Muskegon River Youth Home in Evart where he will remain at least until he is 18. The Kent County Prosecutor’s Office then will have the option of Hilton remaining in that detention facility until he is 21. At some point in time, between the ages of 18 and 21 (or before then if he does something wrong behind bars) Hilton’s prison sentence will be imposed.

Kent County’s youngest convicted murderer, Jamarion Lawhorn, who was convicted of killing a 9-year-old boy on a Kentwood playground when he was 12, currently is housed at the Muskegon River Youth Home.

Clifton said the best-case scenario for Hilton would be to remain at the Muskegon River Youth Home until he’s 21, then if he’s doing well there a judge would sentence him to at least two years in prison.

She noted, however, that the judge could impose a longer sentence then, up to life in prison.

“We will review his case every six months,” said Clifton.



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