Eaton County Sheriff's Office Criticizes Judge

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

Ruben Anzaldua was sentenced to 207 days in jail for robbing a bank in Vermontville. Circuit Court Judge Thomas Eveland granted him work release, Monday through Friday between 2:50 p.m. And 11:10 p.m.

"That's the big question, why has the judge chosen to release a convicted felon on work release," said Eaton County Undersheriff Fred McPhail.

Undersheriff McPhail says they've kept him in custody, despite an August 14th court order. He claims the man is still a threat to the community.

"The judge was threatening to have a show-cause hearing which would basically have the sheriff or I come before him and possibly be found in contempt of court if we did not comply with his order," said Undersheriff McPhail.

The undersheriff says they will reluctantly comply, but they put out a community alert on Facebook warning citizens and also pointing out that Judge Eveland granted work release to Christopher Perrien, the man accused of murdering a Delta Township couple.

"I think the judge should've resigned his post last September after these murders."

Eaton County Prosecutor Jeff Sauter objected the work release, but says he's disappointed with how the sheriff's office handled its disagreement.

"I think our system of justice requires us to recognize each official has their own role...the sheriff's is to follow the judges order regarding incarceration," Sauter said.

Sauter also thinks it's unfair to bring up the Perrien case and criticize the judge's decision out of context. He pointed out that Anzaldua has no previous record and was unarmed at the time of the crime.


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