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Javonte Higgins sentenced for double murder

Javonte Higgins in an older mugshot
Javonte Higgins in an older mugshot

GRAND RAPIDS (WKZO) -- Javonte Higgins is now behind bars for the rest of his life for killing David and Vivian Bouwman in their Kentwood home in January 2013. In sentencing Higgins to a pair of life sentences with no parole, Kent County Circuit Court Judge Mark Trusock did not mince any words and called him a "very evil individual."

Higgins’s attorney is planning an appeal of the guilty verdicts that were reached last month. There was no direct evidence linking the 23-year-old to the murders, but his DNA was found in the Bouwman’s stolen car, which had been torched.