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Allegan County teen sentenced to prison for cousin’s murder

Posted at 10:10 AM, Jun 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-22 10:10:48-04

ALLEGAN, Mich. — An Allegan County teen was sentenced to prison Monday after he pleaded guilty to felony murder in connection with the death of his cousin. Joshua Keyzer was sentenced 40 to 60 years for felony murder and then two to five years for first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Keyzer pleaded guilty to felony murder and attempted first-degree criminal sexual conduct last month, according to Allegan County Prosecutor Frederick Anderson.

Keyzer, then 15, fatally stabbed his cousin, Kassandra Keyzer, 21, June 25, 2014, at a home in Wayland.  Their grandmother, Sharon Keyzer, called 911 after Keyzer stabbed her in the neck. She has since passed away from cancer, Anderson Said.

Keyzer was found competent to stand trial last October after undergoing a mental evaluation.   As part of the plea deal, he did not face life in prison without parole, Anderson said.