Convicted murderer Wayne Lee Stevens is a free man after serving 28 years in prison.
Muskegon County Prosecutor Tony Tague tells WWMT-TV Stevens was released Thursday night. WZZM-TV reports the Michigan Court of Appeals granted his release.
A judge ruled in October that Stevens is entitled to be released early from prison after accumulating about 17 years of credit for good behavior.
Stevens was convicted of second-degree murder in the 1979 mutilation slaying of 27-year-old Mary Ann Scharphorn of Muskegon Township.
WOOD-TV reports Stevens is not being paroled and won't be monitored by the Department of Corrections.
Tague tried to block the release, saying Stevens is still dangerous.