- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

ST. JOHNS, Mich. (AP) - A 17-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of a Michigan State University student but negotiated a sentence that could lead to his release from prison.

First-degree murder usually means an automatic no-parole sentence, but there’s an exception for defendants under 18.

Brendan Heim pleaded guilty Wednesday in Clinton County court. He faces between 32 ½ years and 60 years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 24, although a judge still must approve.

Dustyn Frolka of Owosso was beaten and robbed in February. He jumped from an SUV in Bath Township, near Lansing, and eventually died.

Eighteen-year-old Tyrel Bredernitz has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Samantha Grigg, also 18, was sentenced to up to 15 years in prison for manslaughter and armed robbery.

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