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Michigan police shocked by convicted murderer's release

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Posted at 9:01 PM, Apr 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-13 21:01:38-04

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area man convicted of killing his first wife and other crimes has won early release from federal prison because of the risk of COVID-19.

Prosecutors fought to keep Roger Sweet locked up and were surprised by the decision last week from Judge Victoria Roberts. Sweet still had seven years remaining on a sentence for sexual exploitation of children.

His second wife died under suspicious circumstances — a death that remains under investigation. The judge says Sweet's crimes were "abhorrent." But the judge says chronic health conditions, especially kidney disease, make him vulnerable to COVID-19 in prison.