Family sues over bogus work release from jail

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) - The family of a Michigan woman who was slain alongside her husband in 2011 is suing because the man convicted in the deaths was free at the time on a bogus work release.

Christopher Perrien was sentenced in 2013 to life in prison without parole for first-degree murder in the deaths of 62-year-old Michael Greene and 46-year-old Terri Greene. They were shot Sept. 22, 2011, at their home in Eaton County's Delta Township.

Authorities say Perrien told a judge he worked for a nonexistent company to gain release from the Eaton County jail.

WLNS-TV and the Lansing State Journal report that Terri Greene's family has sued the Michigan Department of Corrections and others in federal court in Grand Rapids alleging wrongful death. The state says the lawsuit should be dismissed.

Published: Mon, Aug 11, 2014