Mich. AG: Don’t release 1960s child-killer

Sonya Santa Cruz. (Courtesy photo circa 1967)
Sonya Santa Cruz. (Courtesy photo circa 1967)

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — The state’s attorney general wants to block the release of a man who murdered two girls in the late 1960s.

Theodore Glenn Williams killed two West Michigan girls 47 years ago.

One of those girls was 7-year-old Sonya Santa Cruz of Grand Rapids. Her body was found weeks later buried in paperwork that belonged to Williams, according to a release from the attorney general’s office. The other victim was a 13-year-old from Sparta. Williams later led police to her body in Newaygo County.

Under the terms of a deal, Williams pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in Sonya’s death. Classified as a criminal sexual psychopath, he was committed to a state psychiatric hospital.

Now 75 years old, he is seeking release. Because he is labeled a criminal psychopath under a law no longer in use, he may be released if he can prove he is no longer a danger to anyone.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a brief Thursday supporting Allegan County Prosecutor Frederick Anderson’s motion to dismiss Williams’s petition for discharge.

Anderson says — and Schuette agrees — that Williams hasn’t recovered and is still a “menace to society,” according to the attorney general’s office.

The AG’s office will request that the brief be accepted during a June 12 hearing.

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