Benton Harbor Man Guilty on 20 Crime Spree Counts

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) -- A Benton Harbor man faces eight possible life sentences when he's sentenced on 20 counts stemming from a string of gunpoint kidnappings and assaults that terrorized the gritty lakefront city.

The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph reports a judge found 33-year-old Terrance Dawson guilty of all charges he faced in connection with the spree last summer targeting teenage girls and women.

Berrien County Trial Court Judge Charles LaSata said he found convincing the testimony of three teenage girls and a 33-year-old woman who identified the defendant as the man who abducted them at gunpoint. LaSata also said a one victim's fingerprint was found on Dawson's car.

Dawson said he was working at a men's shelter in Benton Harbor when the crimes occurred.

LaSata ordered him held until his Jan. 3 sentencing.

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