Michigan wants the assets of a prisoner who has written a book of short stories about life behind bars.

The state filed a lawsuit against Curt Dawkins in October, seeking 90 percent of his assets. The lawsuit cites a law that allows assets to be seized to reimburse the state for housing a prisoner.

Dawkins is serving a life sentence for the fatal shooting of a Kalamazoo man while on drugs in 2004. He's at a prison in Coldwater.

Dawkins' three children say the lawsuit is unfair. Money from sales of "The Graybar Hotel" was intended to help them pay for their education.

A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22.

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