A man who served time in prison after sexually assaulting and attempting to kill a girl in Leelanau County in 1979 was released from prison on Thursday, and the Leelanau County Sheriff's Department has posted the announcement and the details of the crime on it's blog.
After receiving several calls from concerned community members that 63-year-old Wayne Porter was being released from prison, Sheriff Mike Borkovich decided that he needed to share that information with the community.
"That's why we put it on the blog, to let people know we are aware of it," said Borkovich. "One, to post that communication, as well as to send a message that if you do these sorts of things we're going to keep an eye on you."
The Sheriff's blog, entitled, "Suttons Bay killer released from prison," contains details from the night that Porter kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and attempted to kill a 16-year-old girl who was hitch-hiking on South Airport Road in Grand Traverse County. It also includes time he served for Second Degree Murder of a 43-year-old woman whose body was found in the snow behind her home on Valentine's Day in 1971.
"We want people to know when someone who does get released from prison is in the community," said Borkovich. "We want them to know they're out there the best we can. If someone stole a care when they were 17, it's one thing. But in this case it involved violent acts and we felt it necessary to just let people know that we are aware."
"When you commit a crime, particularly a violent crime, and a violent crime in terms of a sexual assault, people are going to want to know," said Leelanau County Prosecutor, Joseph Hubbell. "They're going to want to know to protect their children. They're going to want to know to protect their families."
Sheriff Borkovich is not sure whether or not Porter is still considered a threat, but says he has been told that he is in poor health.
Porter will not be on parole and he will not be under any supervision by the Michigan Department of Corrections. Porter is registered as a sex offender in Traverse City. Click here to view his profile.
For more information on Wayne Porter, and to read about his crimes, click here to view the Leelanau County Sheriff's Blog.