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Allegan Co. teen pleads guilty to cousin’s murder

Posted at 4:10 PM, May 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-11 16:10:46-04

ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. — An Allegan County teen pleaded guilty to felony murder Monday in connection with the death of his cousin.

Joshua Keyzer also pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to Allegan County Prosecutor Frederick Anderson.

The then-15-year-old Keyzer fatally stabbed his cousin, 21-year-old Kassandra Keyzer, June 25, 2014 at a home in Wayland.   Their grandmother, Sharon Keyzer, called 911 after being stabbed in the neck.    Anderson said she has since passed away from cancer.

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Sharon Keyzer (left) and Kassandra Keyzer

Keyzer was found competent to stand trial last October after undergoing a mental evaluation.   As part of the plea deal, he will face between 40 and 60 years in prison, Anderson said.    He will be sentenced June 22.