‘I killed him because he was a child molester,’ inmate calmly admits

A courtroom has rarely seen a man confess to murder so calmly.

Convicted killer Steven Sandison, already serving life in prison for a 1991 murder, faces another life term after pleading guilty Monday to second degree murder in the 2013 death of his cellmate at Saginaw Correctional Facility in Saginaw, Mich.

Speaking before a judge, Sandison showed no remorse whatsoever.

“The reason I killed him was because he was a child molester,” Sandison told the court.

“If it’s all right, I can tell you where it started,” he said. “That night he was trying to justify why he did it, and I told him to keep quiet and that he’d have to leave in the morning, find a new cell. But he continued to talk about it, try to justify it.

“So, he was a little bit bigger than me, so I got down, and I hit him in his face a few times. When he fell, I wrapped a cord around his neck and I took his life.”

Sandison’s victim, 66-year-old Theodore Charles Dyer, was serving a 25- to 50-year sentence for sexually molesting a 9-year-old girl whose family he had befriended.

Sentenced in January, 2014, he would have been 91 before he was eligible for parole.

That’s not an issue anymore.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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