- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) - A 16-year-old who pleaded guilty to killing his 21-year-old cousin while trying to rape her in western Michigan has been sentenced to 40 to 60 years in prison.

The teen was charged as an adult in the June 2014 death of Kassandra Keyzer in Allegan County’s Wayland Township. WOOD-TV reports he learned his sentence Monday. He earlier pleaded guilty to felony murder and attempted first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges.

The plea came with an agreement he wouldn’t face life in prison without a chance for parole.

Police say Keyzer was found dead with deep lacerations, including a stab wound to her neck, and her clothing had appeared to have been cut off. Authorities say the teen’s grandmother was slashed in the neck but survived. She died of cancer in December.


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