Morgan Springer

It’s been two years since the U.S. Supreme Court said states across the country had to reconsider the sentences of nearly 2,000 juvenile lifers. But not much has changed in Michigan since that January 2016 ruling for most of those prisoners.

Michigan had the second-largest juvenile lifer population in the country – with more than 360. So far, only 30 percent of juvenile lifers have been resentenced. Antonio Espree is one of them.


Morgan Springer

Juveniles serving life in prison with no chance for parole have a reason to hope. They might get a shot at resentencing.

Up until 2012, juveniles convicted of murder were given a life sentence without the possibility of parole. It was mandatory. Then the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this requirement was cruel and unusual. They said it should only happen in very rare circumstances.

But the court didn’t say whether the ruling should apply retroactively. Some states chose to resentence their juvenile lifers while others - like Michigan- did not.


Police release details of family found dead

Aug 17, 2015

The deaths of a Garfield Township family of four have been ruled a murder-suicide.

Michigan State Police found Jeffrey and Tamisha Mendenhall, and their children, dead last Thursday.

When state troopers forced their way into the home Thursday evening, they found the bodies of the two children, Thomas, age 6, and Olivia, age 3, posed in a bedroom with flowers and stuffed animals. Their father was found in the hallway posed with flowers as well.