Oakland County prosecutor files resentencing notices for 22 convicted as juveniles, serving life without parole
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – On Monday, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald announced her office’s decisions in 22 juvenile lifer cases after completing a review under the terms of the Hill v. Whitmer (2020) class action settlement. The Hill settlement called for prosecutors to reconsider each of those sentences and commit to a timeline for resentencing eligible individuals. Of the 27 Oakland County based juvenile lifer cases eligible for review under the Hill settlement, McDonald withdrew motions filed by former Oakland County prosecutor Jessica Cooper for the reimposition of life without parole in 20 cases. The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office is seeking more information in five additional Hill cases. “As prosecutor, my primary obligation is to keep Oakland County communities safe and to follow the law.
Mom gets 6 months in jail; son drowned in Lake Michigan
HOLLAND, Mich. – A woman has been sentenced to 180 days in jail for neglecting to keep an eye on her son who drowned in Lake Michigan. Miranda Rowe, 33, of Spring Lake Township appeared in court Monday. Her 6-year-old, Iain, drowned at Holland State Park on June 6, a day of high waves and warnings. Investigators said her son was unattended for at least 15 minutes while she was in a bathroom. More than 50 people this year have drowned in Lake Michigan in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin, according to the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project.