Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EST
DETROIT (AP) — A judge has cleared the way for the release of a 74-year-old man who is the oldest Michigan prisoner serving a life sentence for murder as a teen. Sheldry Topp has been in prison since 1962. But he was resentenced to a minimum of 40 years. Michigan and other states were forced to change the way they sentence teens after the U.S. Supreme Court said minors can’t automatically be given life prison terms. Oakland County Judge James Alexander says Topp has been rehabilitated.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A police department in western Michigan is feeling heat from activists who want an officer fired for his role in telling federal immigration authorities about the arrest of a mentally ill war veteran. Jilmar Ramos-Gomez was held for three days in December by the government, despite being a U.S.-born citizen. Grand Rapids Lt. Curt VanderKooi told ICE about Ramos-Gomez’ arrest in a November incident at a hospital. He referred to him as “loco,” or crazy.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the state can use existing economic development incentives to assist Fiat Chrysler’s expansion without her needing to ask lawmakers to approve new incentives for the company. She said Wednesday the state’s package for Fiat Chrysler will be publicly released at a future meeting of Michigan Strategic Fund, which awards companies grants in exchange for job creation. Fiat Chrysler announced plans Tuesday to add 6,500 jobs in Michigan, many of them in Detroit.
DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler says it’s cutting about 1,400 jobs at a plant in Belvidere, Illinois, that makes Jeep Cherokees _ a move the automaker says is unrelated to a major investment in the Detroit area that could add 6,500 workers. The automaker made the announcement about Belvidere on Tuesday afternoon shortly after announcing the $4.5 billion Michigan investment that includes a new Detroit assembly plant. Company spokeswoman Jodi Tinson says they are “two separate, distinct actions.”