CHARLOTTE, Mich. (WLNS) - Christopher Perrien, 39, was sentenced in Eaton County on Thursday to two mandatory life sentences without parole for the 2011 murders of a former Michigan State Police trooper and his wife.
Perrien will also serve time for felony firearm charges.
Perrien was convicted in late April of killing Michael Greene and his wife, Terri, in their Eaton County home in September of 2011. Both victims suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Court testimony said Perrien dumped Terri's body in the couple's backyard pond. He also apparently sexually assaulted Michael Greene after he was already dead.
During the sentencing, Judge Edward Grant recalled Perrien's lengthy criminal history that dates back to the early 1990s, and said court testimony convinced him of Perrien's guilt. "There's no question in my mind after listening to the testimony that the defendant is guilty of exactly what the jury found him guilty of, and I don't think it would have taken me half as much time to find him guilty," said Judge Grant. "He's a person that's been in trouble it seems like almost forever. [He was] able to con people, con the authorities. One wonders how one got out on [work release] under the circumstances Mr. Perrien was in at the time."
At the time of the Greene murders, Perrien was out of jail on work release. He had been in jail for a home invasion where he'd apparently stolen a gun that prosecutors say was the weapon he used to kill Mike and Terri Greene. Perrien was able to get out of jail on work release by crafting a letter that stated he had a job with a company that did not exist.
Lori Post, a professor and violence researcher at Yale University, and sister to Terri Greene, says she's working with Republican state Sen. Rick Jones on legislation that would prevent those with long histories of domestic abuse from getting out of jail on work release. The bills would also require judges, prosecutors and parole officers to consider civil dispositions and patterns of domestic and/or child abuse when making decisions about work release. Post says Perrien had multiple orders of protection against him for domestic abuse and stalking, and should have never been released from jail.