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ST. JOSEPH — Starting Oct. 21, 17-year-old offenders in Michigan will be treated as juveniles instead of adults as required by a state bill signed into law almost two years ago.

“What that will mean is from that date forward, any juvenile, any youth who is 17 years of age, will no longer be handled as an adult in our court system,” Elvin Gonzalez, family division administrator with Berrien County Trial Court, said on Thursday. “They’ll be handled in our juvenile court system.”

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Staff Writer at The Herald-Palladium