Benton Harbor man found guilty of series of sexual assaults

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By: Jon Zimney jzimney@953mnc.com

A Benton Harbor man was found guilty of multiple criminal sexual conduct charges regarding three assault cases dating back to last summer.

A Berrien County jury deliberated for a little over an hour before returning the guilty verdicts for 42-year-old Marcus Antuane Stewart, according to the Berrien County Prosecutor’s Office.

Stewart was convicted in three separate incidents of the following charges:

  • In the July 29, 2015 incident on North Hull Avenue in Benton Harbor: Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 1st Degree, a life maximum or any term of years; and Assault by Strangulation, a 10 year maximum.
  • In the August 17, 2015 incident on Ogden Avenue in Benton Harbor: Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 1st Degree, a life maximum or any term of years; and Assault by Strangulation, a 10 year maximum.
  • In the August 31, 2015 incident on Lincoln Street in Benton Harbor: Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 1st Degree, a life maximum or any term of years; Home Invasion 1st Degree, a 20 year maximum; Attempted Assault by Strangulation, a 5 year maximum; and Interfering with a Telecommunications Device, a 2 year maximum.

Stewart faces a minimum sentence of 25 years when he is sentenced on June 13, 2016.