Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 10, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 05/10/2013

Associated Press

---- — Returning fugitive not a priority, Snyder says

LANSING — A request to return a 63-year-old fugitive to Arkansas is not a high priority, Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday, citing the convicted killer’s poor health and saying he has caused no trouble in Michigan.

“I have heard of the situation but I haven’t spent time on it because my understanding is this person is not a threat to public safety in Michigan at this point in time,” the Republican governor said in response to a question about Lester Stiggers from The Associated Press during a bill signing.

Man gets life for job scam, killing trooper

CHARLOTTE — A man who authorities say created a fake job to gain work release from jail and then killed a former Michigan state trooper and his wife has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Retired Jackson County Judge Edward Grant sentenced 39-year-old Christopher Perrien Thursday in Eaton County Circuit Court.

A jury convicted Perrien last month on first-degree murder and weapons charges.

Sixty-two-year-old Michael Greene and 46-year-old Terri Greene were shot Sept. 22, 2011, at their Delta Township home.

Defense lawyer William Hankins said prosecutors didn’t present evidence directly placing Perrien at the scene.

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