Man guilty of 8 counts in Benton Harbor sex assaults

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ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (WOOD) — A man could spend the rest of his life in a state prison after being convicted of several charges connected to a series of sexual assaults last year in Benton Harbor.

According to a Thursday release from the Berrien County Prosecutor’s Office, a jury deliberated for only about an hour before finding Marcus Stewart guilty of all the counts he faced, which included:

  • First-degree criminal sexual conduct and assault by strangulation for a July 29 assault on North Hull Avenue.
  • First-degree CSC and assault by strangulation for an Aug. 17 incident on Ogden Avenue.
  • First-degree CSC, first-degree home invasion, attempted assault by strangulation, and interfering with a telecommunications device for an Aug. 31 incident on Lincoln Street.

Each of the CSC charges are punishable by up to life in prison and assault by strangulation by up to 10 years. Home invasion is a 20-year felony. In its release, the prosecutor’s office said Stewart, 42, will spend at least 25 years behind bars.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 13.

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