By Gina Damron
The Michigan Department of Corrections is studying ways to improve how the sex-offender registry is updated when an offender is released from prison after officials failed to change information that would have indicated a felon — now accused in two killings — was no longer incarcerated.
- So because a public official screwed up and didn't do their job they are making another law to fix that? Come on, there will always be human error regardless of the number of laws on the books. But, what better way to shift the blame!
[name withheld], a convicted sex offender released from prison in 2011 after serving time on an assault charge, is accused in the July killings of two Family Dollar store employees.
The Corrections Department is working with Michigan State Police “to create a way to improve and enhance this process through the use of technology,” said Russ Marlan, a department spokesman.
Karen Johnson, manager of the sex-offender registry unit, said what happened in [name withheld]’s case is rare. She said the State Police is working with the Corrections Department to see whether there is a way to make the process more efficient and prevent the mistake from happening again.
If the registry had been updated to show [name withheld]’s new address or indicate that he was homeless, police would have known he was no longer incarcerated and could have been looking for him after he failed to self-report to law enforcement, as required.
“We rely on the Department of Corrections to make those entries into the system so that we know someone has been released,” Johnson said.
Instead, [name withheld] remained free.
He landed a job as an assistant manager at a Family Dollar store in Inkster. Earlier this year, employees told the Free Press, [name withheld] was fired. Last month, authorities allege, he fatally shot 20-year-olds Brenna Machus and Joseph Orlando, both employees of the Family Dollar in Dearborn. Machus’ body was found days later in a wooded area in Dearborn.
[name withheld] is now facing his most serious charge to date: first-degree murder.