Doctors and parents involved in female genital mutilation will face up to 15 years in prison under legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday. Female circumcision is already a federal crime punishable by five years in prison. The new laws stem from a federal case against six people connected to a Muslim sect. They’re accused in the genital mutilation of 6 girls at a Livonia clinic. The laws take effect in October.
Ryan Stevens was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and making a false threat of terrorism. The threats were made last fall, when he was 18. Police say the Linden man and two other teenagers were targeting students at Linden High School and Linden Middle School in Genesee County. Prosecutors in Genesee County Circuit Court agreed to drop the more serious charge of conspiracy after Stevens pleaded guilty to the false threat charge. Stevens said in court that he never had any intention of carrying out the threats and was just boasting. Sentencing for the 19-year-old is scheduled for September 13th.