Berrien County Prosecutor Michael Sepic is seeking to keep Dequarius Stewart and Dakota Eliason locked up for the rest of their lives. He has filed motions requesting their sentences of life in prison with no parole for first degree murder be upheld. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2012 struck down laws that allowed for juveniles convicted of murder to be imprisoned for life with no parole, and state law changed this year to reflect the ruling. Prosecutors have until June 2 to request the sentences be kept in place. Stewart was 17 when he killed Steven Kuzlak with a wrench during a robbery in October 2010 in Benton Harbor. Eliason was 14 when he shot and killed his step-grandfather. Jesse Miles was asleep when Eliason pulled the trigger in Buchanan, and died at the hospital from a single gunshot wound to the head. After responses are filed by the defendants respective attorneys, a hearing date for the sentencing hearing will be set by the court.
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