A Grand Rapids, Michigan teen has pleaded guilty to strangling his 18-year-old half-sister. His plea and his crime has torn his family apart.
Savon Schmus, 17, accepted a plea deal Monday for killing Mckenna Hilton at the home they both shared with their father and the victim’s mother, MLive reports. By pleading guilty, Schmus will no longer face a life sentence. According to the New York Post, he will likely serve 30 to 40 years.
Prosecutors said that Hilton’s mom, Stacey Hilton would have preferred for Schumus to serve a life sentence without parole, instead. The teens’ father David Schmus, on the contrary, asked for a shorter sentence for his son, according to WNCN. Stacey Hilton publicly criticized David Schmus’ stance.
“Mckenna is your child too, yet you cry for him. I dont and cant understand,” Hilton wrote Monday on Facebook.
Prosecutors have claimed that Savon strangled his half-sister in August 2016. Then, he allegedly used her own car to dump her body on a trail. Her body was later discovered by a dog walker. Savon was 16 years old at the time of the murder. He confessed to the killing, according to WNCN. The motive for the crime hasn’t been released.
“This is an unspeakable tragedy for the entire family,” Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said in a statement. He added that the victim’s mother and most relatives “strenuously objected to any sort of offer. He said her loved ones were “more than willing to fight for McKenna and her memory.”