Prisoner's early release over COVID-19 fears is reversed

Posted at 8:18 AM, Nov 19, 2021

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.