DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court has stepped in and reversed a decision to release a Michigan man from prison because of COVID-19 fears.
The court pointed to Roger Sweet's record of violence against women and abuse of children.
The 73-year-old Sweet had seven years remaining on a 21-year sentence for sexual exploitation when a judge ruled in his favor in April. She acknowledged that his crimes were “abhorrent” but said chronic health conditions made him vulnerable in the pandemic.
Sweet has finished a state prison sentence for the murder of his first wife but is being investigated for the death of his second wife.