According to People, 17-year-old Savon Schmus was found guilty in the murder of his half-sister, 18-year-old McKenna Hilton. At his sentencing, Hilton's mother delivered a powerful statement.
“To my daughter, McKenna, I want to say I love you and I always will love you, we all love you and we miss you so very much," said Stacey Hilton. "And I’m so proud of you for who you were becoming and I know that who you would have been would have been so wonderful, and I’m so sorry that I wasn’t there that day to protect you. You were my only baby, and you’re always going to be my only baby and I love you very much.”
Schmus, who had no prior criminal record, confessed and pleaded guilty to strangling McKenna at an apartment in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He then dumped the body in a nearby wooded area, where it was discovered by a dog walker. A motive in the situation was known but has not been released to reporters.
“There is no question this was a particularly heinous crime. Strangling his half-sister to death was completely unprovoked and without justification,” prosecutor Chris Becker said in a statement last month.
“To Savon: I hate you. I will never forgive you,” Stacey continued. “McKenna did nothing to you to deserve what you did to her ... McKenna considered you to be your brother … I hope when you go to prison, you get exactly what you deserve. And I hate to say it — maybe I don’t — but I hope that when you come out of prison, it’s not on your two feet. I hope it’s in a body bag.”
Schmus was tried as an adult. He faces between 40 and 100 years in jail for his crime.
“There’s really nothing to say...” Stacey added. “As much as they say that he’s remorseful, he’s not. I’ve dealt with him enough to know he’s not. So there’s nothing more to say to him, that’s over, and I just hope people remember McKenna and do good for her, because she would have done wonderful things and we want to honor her. And we want to continue to honor her and make sure her memory stays alive.”
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