Juvenile lifer tied to Holland man’s murder resentenced

Juan Cantu
Cantu is serving life along with Paul Carter for the 1995 abduction and murder of Daniel VanTatenhove. Both were 16 at the time.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man slated to spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of a Holland man is getting a shorter sentence.

A judge Wednesday resentenced Juan Cantu to 40 to 60 years in prison for the 1995 murder of Daniel VanTatenhove.

According to court records, Cantu and Paul Carter were 16 years old when they kidnapped VanTatenhove and Arthur Zima Jr. and drove them to the Howard City area, where Carter shot VanTatenhove.

Carter also shot at Zima, but missed.

Paul Carter
Paul Carter- Carter is serving life along with Juan Cantu for the 1995 abduction and murder of Daniel VanTatenhove. Both were 16 at the time.

Authorities said Cantu and Carter loaded VanTatenhove into their vehicle’s trunk and locked Zima in a garage, which he escaped from before they returned. According to court records,

VanTatenhove could be heard moaning from the trunk during their drive; however, he was dead by the time police caught the suspects.

Cantu was recommended for re-sentencing after the U.S. Supreme Court determined mandatory no-parole sentences are a cruel and unusual punishment for minors.

Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth did not oppose Cantu’s request for resentencing only because he did not kill VanTatenhove.

Cantu also is already serving 50 to 80 years for kidnapping.