Michigan man gets 1 year in jail for killing at age 14
Grand Rapids – A Michigan man who was 14 when he fatally shot his sister’s boyfriend is set to be released from jail in a year in an amended plea deal.
Jared Seagraves, 20, was resentenced Thursday to one year in Kent County Jail followed by probation.
Seagraves pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of 20-year-old Michael Haminger. Authorities have said Seagraves shot Haminger after an argument over homework.
Seagraves was initially sentenced to spend six years in adult prison after age 21.
Kent County prosecutors amended the sentence to account for the Haminger family’s wishes and Seagraves’ outstanding record at the Muskegon River Youth Home in Evart, where he has been living for the past six years.
Seagraves, who has been diagnosed on the autism spectrum, has earned his GED diploma and begun community college classes since he moved into the youth home.
“I just want to again apologize for all the pain and trouble I’ve caused Mrs. Haminger and her family,” Seagraves told the judge at the hearing.
Haminger’s mother, Sherry Haminger, said she believes Seagraves “has shown remorse.”
She said she hopes others will learn from the case that acting in anger can lead to tragedy.
“(Seagraves) has seen more of life than my son did,” Haminger said. “But for the grace of God, I could have been sitting on the Seagrave’s side of this courtroom. One of my children could have acted out and done something that they didn’t really mean to do.”