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