Appeals court reinstates 1970s murder conviction

Leo Raymond Terlisner. (April 25, 2013)

PAW PAW, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan Court of Appeals has overturned a Van Buren County judge’s decision that could have set a convicted killer free.

Leon Raymond Terlisner was convicted of first-degree murder in 1977 for his involvement in a robbery that left one person dead.

In March 2013, Judge Paul Hamre vacated Terlisner’s conviction. He would have been re-sentenced for unarmed robbery and likely set free.

But the appeals court ruled Tuesday that Hamre abused his discretion in overturning the conviction.

>>Online: Read the full four-page decision from the appeals court (pdf)

Terlisner will remain behind bars at the Earnest C. Brooks Correctional Facility state prison in Muskegon Heights, were he is serving a life sentence.

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