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Sentencing Monday for Three Admitted Offenders with Lakeshore Ties


UNDATED (WHTC) - Sentencing was on Monday at separate venues for an admitted drunken driver who killed two classmates, an admitted assaulter who stabbed another man at a suburban Holland restaurant, and for an admitted child molester who had once been a Holland schools employee.

At Kent County Circuit Court in Grand Rapids, 18-year-old Takunda Mavima, who pleaded guility last month to two counts of drunken driving causing death stemming from the May 20th crash on the exit ramp from I-196 to Chicago Drive in Wyoming that killed two Park High School students, was sentenced from two and a half to up to 15 years in prison. They were apparently coming home from a party at the Allendale apartment of a former classmate. Three others were injured. He had become a naturalized citizen after the crash, and his new status could be revoked as a result of this conviction, although no decision would be made by INS officials until after the criminal case had concluded. 

In Allegan County Circuit Court, Jonathan Meyer, a 32-year-old Holland man who pleaded guilty in May to one count of first-degree criminal sexual assault stemming from alleged molestation of three one-time West Middle School students at least five years ago, was sentenced from six to 20 years in prison. Although Meyer was a part-time lunchroom supervisor at the school then, the incidents didn’t occur on school property. He was also a leader of a youth group from Christ Memorial Church, and the victims knew him through both of these connections. Authorities believe that more victims may have been involved.

Finally, a 25-year-old Grand Rapids man will serve from seven to 20 years for a stabbing at a Holland Township restaurant. Emmanuel Cornejo pleaded guilty last month in Ottawa County Circuit Court to charges of assault with intent to do great bodily harm and resisting and obstructing a police officer in connection with the February 14 incident at the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant on West Shore Drive. An unnamed 27-year-old man suffered a stab wound to the chest in the incident, but later recovered. The attack occurred just three weeks after Cornejo had been paroled after serving time in another assault, this one in Grand Rapids.