Brendan Dassey is hoping to get released from prison in the very near future. The 26-year-old Wisconsin native, who is one of the stars of Netflix’s “Making A Murderer,” asked to be freed while the state appeals a federal judge’s decision to overturn his conviction.
According to TMZ, Dassey’s lawyers said that he should be released because he’s not a flight risk and poses no threat to the public. Dassey’s lawyers also stated in documents that he’s been a model prisoner, spending his time reading, watching TV and learning how to crochet. Dassey also got his GED while in Columbia Correctional Facility in Wisconsin in hopes to land a job in video game design once he’s out.
Dassey was convicted in 2007 to life in prison after he confessed to helping his uncle Steven Avery rape and murder Teresa Halbach, a photographer who disappeared after she visited Avery’s property to take pictures of his car for Auto Trader magazine. Dassey later recanted his confession saying it had been coerced. Last month, U.S. magistrate judge William Duffin said in a statement that he believed Dassey’s confession was involuntary because investigators “repeated false promises” to him. Dassey was ordered to be released from prison due to his constitutional rights being violated, but the state of Wisconsin appealed the decision.
TMZ previously reported that if Dassey is sent home, one of the first things he wants to do is spend time with his family. Dassey also hopes to travel, and settle down and have children one day. Sources told the outlet that Dassey’s family and friends also want to help him get to WrestleMania, which is in April 2017.
In an interview last month, Dassey’s lawyer Laura Nirider said he was “doing the best he can do” following news of his impending release. “It’s been one day at a time for the past 10 years and he’s been waiting for this moment so he’s just processing it and understanding what’s happening and taking it one day at a time,” she said.
The new developments in Dassey’s case, along with and an update Avery’s case, will continue to be told on Season 2 of “Making a Murderer.”