Thursday, April 25, 2013

Steve Powell To Be Released

Steve Powell is led from a courtroom shortly after being sentenced to 30 months in prison for voyeurism, Friday, June 15, 2012, in Tacoma, Wash. Powell, the father-in-law of missing mom Susan Powell, was convicted last month based on evidence that was uncovered during the police investigation into the 2009 disappearance of his daughter-in-law, who has never been found.
Ted S. Warren, AP
TACOMA, Wash. — Despite being sentenced to 30 months in prison for voyeurism, Steven Powell will be released less than a year from the day the sentence was handed down, officials said Friday.
Powell, 62, is scheduled to be released from custody May 23, 2013 — 338 days from the time the sentence went into effect on June 19, Washington Department of Corrections spokeswoman Selena Davis said. Powell was sentenced to 30 months in prison for 12 counts of voyeurism by Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper June 15.
At that hearing, Culpepper said the fact that Powell filmed his young neighbors while they were in the bathroom of their own home warranted an exceptional sentence. But with credit for the 271 days Powell spent in jail, coupled with other reductions, the sentence won't go beyond a year.
Davis said the original sentence amounted to 913 days. With a reduction of 135 days for good behavior in jail,  another reduction of 169 days because Powell's offense was non-violent and the credit for the time served, the sentence is actually 338 days.
Davis said Powell is currently being housed at the corrections center in Shelton, Wash., in the Intensive Management Unit. All offenders spend the first four to eight weeks of their sentence at the facility to allow for an evaluation of their needs and custody level, Davis said, but Powell was placed in the Intensive Management Unit "for his own protection."
Powell may also be placed in a facility outside of Washington because he was once an employee of the Washington Department of Corrections.
"In some cases, former DOC staff members are sent to out-of-state prisons for their own protection, though it's too soon for us to know where Powell will serve the rest of his prison sentence," Davis said.
Powell's arrest and trial was instigated by the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of his daughter-in-law, West Valley woman Susan Cox Powell. Police, who were investigating her husband Josh Powell, Steven Powell's son, served a search warrant on the Puyallup, Wash., home they shared and seized thousands of photographs of women and girls.
Among them were numerous pictures of two young girls who had been Steven Powell's neighbors. He videotaped and photographed them from his house — just 40 to 50 feet away — by looking into their bathroom through an open door. Most of the photos showed the girls, then 8 and 10 years old, in the nude. They are now 13 and 15.
The girls testified at Powell's trial and said they never gave anyone permission to take pictures of them. He was convicted by a jury of 14 counts of voyeurism in May, but Culpepper vacated two of the counts at sentencing. The victims' mother and prosecutors both wanted a 10-year sentence for the 12 counts.
"Obviously, the family was disappointed in his not receiving the 10 years that was urged by the prosecutor and ... the sentence that was given at 2 ½ years was disappointing, but it's far more disappointing that it's going to be, in reality, under a year," said Anne Bremner, an attorney for the victims and for Susan Powell's family.
"(Considering) the things that he did and how much he violated (them), it's just unacceptable," she said.
Bremner said the family will pursue the lawsuit they've filed against Powell. She also continues to work with Susan Powell's parents, Chuck and Judy Cox.
"I just want this case to have something good come out of it at some point," she said. "Just when you think things can't get worse, it does.
"The hits just keep coming."


Apple said...

No child pornography charges? Just voyeurism?

Christy said...


I can't see him being able to control his marbles when he gets out. He'd have to have resources to hide like Casey. At least if he is supervised by parole, the public is safe, and we'll be able to hear his crazy from everywhere.

John Mc Gowan said...


Spring thaw renews search for missing boy Dylan Redwine.

DURANGO - La Plata County Sheriff's Office investigators searched part of Vallecito Reservoir on Tuesday for new clues in the disappearance of Dylan Redwine, the teenage boy who went missing last November.

According to the Durango Herald, investigators used sandbags to seal off an area along the water's edge after a search dog alerted search teams.


Dylan has been missing since Nov. 19, a day after arriving at his father's Vallecito home for a court-ordered visit during Thanksgiving break.

The boy was living with his mother and brother in the Colorado Springs area.

The father says he last saw Dylan asleep when he left home early to do some errands. He reported the boy missing that afternoon.

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Anonymous said...

I don't think parole keeps any criminal from recommitting crimes.

And he WILL reoffend.
Lock up your kids!!

S + K Mum said...

It gets on my nerves when a sentence is handed down and the perp gets time off for good behaviour! How about serving the full sentence and if you behave you won't have any extra time added on! They are not in prison because their behaviour was good outside, so why should it matter when they are inside?

He needed protection inside - he won't get the same on the outside.

S + K Mum said...

@ John

Thanks for the update on Dylan.

Jennifer Wallace said...

Our system has really let these 2 perverted and dangerous men get away with murder. My only satisfaction is that he will be back in jail soon. His peaceful life is over anyway; the US hates him and hates his son.

MPA said...

Evil on the loose.

Fern said...

Sorry if this has already been discussed here, but it was news to me that Josh's brother, Michael, committed suicide two months ago:

As for Stephen's early release...I'm disgusted.

Fern said...

Ah...I see Michael's suicide was discussed here back in February.

The Powells sure are/were a messed up family.

Nic said...

So what does LE do after a "protected inmate" is released? Do they continue to protect him or is he left to fend on his own?

Fern said... guess is a "protected inmate" is left to fend on his own. LE doesn't have the resources (or desire) to protect predators.

I wonder if Mr. Powell will have to register as a sex offender. He had quite the massive collection of porn, and he photographed naked children.

Lis said...

It is wierd how we all know what a dangerous man he is, yet according to the law, he can only be sentenced to what has been proven he has done. All of the facts about his life tell us he is dangerously, criminally insane but all we can do is wait until he carries out some urge and is caught with enough evidence to prosecute him.

I just hope he will not disappear into obscurity and will always be watched, by everyone.

Fern said...

Lis...I agree. Powell will soon be released, and the public must now hold their collective breath waiting for him to reoffend. When, where, and how he strikes is a crap-shoot, but strike he will.

It sucks.

MizzMarple said...

This MONSTER needs to be locked up forever because he will re-offend.

I am outraged that they would even consider letting this monster out !

Our system is in serious trouble.

Also, he needs to let the Cox Family know WHERE Susan is !

BostonLady said...

I can't believe they are going to let this monster out of his cage. There is nothing to prevent him from moving into a home where he can take a photo lens and take pictures of young children again.


Anon "I" said...

I pray he leads investigators right to Susan's body.