Michigan appeals court orders release of convicted murderer

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

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.

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