Convictions upheld

A three-member panel of judges with the Michigan Appellate Court has upheld the convictions of a Centreville couple charged in the death of their daughter.

The court last week dismissed appeals filed by Anthony and Marsha Springer, who were convicted and sentenced to lengthy prison terms for their roles in the death of 16-year-old Calista Springer in February 2008.

The Springers were charged with first-degree child abuse and torture.

Marsha Springer’s appeal included an argument that her right to a fair and impartial trial was violated.

Anthony Springer’s appeal included a claim that St. Joseph County Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman was wrong in making an upward departure from state sentencing guidelines for Springer’s torture conviction.

Marsha Springer is imprisoned in Washtenaw County, while her husband is incarcerated in a Muskegon-area penitentiary.

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