Cass Co. teen charged as adult for allegedly shooting his uncle

A Cass County teenager accused of shooting his uncle in the neck now faces criminal charges in adult court.

Seventeen-year-old Dakota Stanley faces a possible maximum punishment of life behind bars.

Police were told that the uncle and an aunt were fighting early Easter morning at a home in the 71,000 block of Kline Road in Milton Township. Stanley told the judge that he had been living at the home for two or three years.

“Appears domestic situation occurred between the victim and his wife and the younger relative intervened, tried to break up the fight and during the fight, the 17 year old produced a weapon and shot at the victim,” said Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke.

Sheriff Behnke stressed that the victim did not have a weapon. “Found the victim with a gunshot wound that had grazed his cheek and gone into his neck. He was conscious and alert during the time when the ambulance personnel arrived on scene.”

Dakota Stanley today made his first court appearance via closed circuit television from the jail.

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