In February of this year, Steven D. Sandison, who was serving a life sentence without parole for murder, told a Saginaw County Circuit Court judge that he took the life of his cellmate who just didn’t know when to shut his mouth about raping a 9-year-old girl.
In December 2013, Theodore Dyer, a former Muskegon County Airport Police officer, was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual assault on a 9-year-old girl. Following his conviction, he was sentenced to life in prison.
The 66-year-old Dyer’s “life sentence” would be a very short one. In less than one year, he was killed by his cellmate Sandison, 51.
Sandison, having nothing to lose, not only told Chief Circuit Judge Fred L. Borchard that he did kill Dyer, but also why.
When asked how he wished to plea to a count of second degree murder, Sandison pled guilty. Sandison smiled, even laughed as the judge confirmed that he was doing so voluntarily and that he was indeed guilty of the murder of Dyer.