Cellmate Kills Child Rapist Ex-Cop for Continually Talking about Raping 9-Year-Old Girl

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Published on: April 4, 2015

In February of this year, Steven D. Sandison, who was serving a life sentence without parole for murder, told a Saginaw County Circuit Court judge that he took the life of his cellmate who just didn’t know when to shut his mouth about raping a 9-year-old girl.

In December 2013, Theodore Dyer, a former Muskegon County Airport Police officer, was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual assault on a 9-year-old girl. Following his conviction, he was sentenced to life in prison.

The 66-year-old Dyer’s “life sentence” would be a very short one. In less than one year, he was killed by his cellmate Sandison, 51.

Sandison, having nothing to lose, not only told Chief Circuit Judge Fred L. Borchard that he did kill Dyer, but also why.

When asked how he wished to plea to a count of second degree murder, Sandison pled guilty. Sandison smiled, even laughed as the judge confirmed that he was doing so voluntarily and that he was indeed guilty of the murder of Dyer.

Later on in the sentencing phase, Sandison openly told the judge exactly why he did what he did.

“The reason I killed him was because he was a child molester,” Sandison told the court on February 35, 2015.

“But, you did, in fact, kill him?” asked his attorney James Gust. “And you intended to kill him?”

“Oh, sure,” Sandison replied. “Oh, sure, of course.”

Borchard later asked Sandison how he killed Dyer.

“If it’s all right, I can tell you where it started,” Sandison said.

The judge allowed him to expound.

Sandison said Dyer was his “Bunkie” and that he had discovered that Dyer was in prison for child molestation, “a really bad case.”

“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 to find a new cell,” he continued. “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.”

Now many people have said that this guy deserves a medal and that he is a hero. I can sympathize with that type of emotional response because it is one born of a desire to see justice served. In fact, I can say with confidence that Mr. Dyer got what he had coming.

However, let’s be clear. Sandison murdered Dyer. How is this different from justice? Dyer is not in a position as God’s minister to use the sword (Rom. 13:1-5). This is something the state should have brought on Mr. Dyer as soon as he was convicted.

As a biblical example, consider that the armies of Babylon were used against Israel to judge them by God (1 Kings 24:1; 2 Kings 24:8-16, 24-25; Jeremiah 27:1-3; 2 Kings 25). Now, Nebuchadnezzar and his armies certainly didn’t mean it for good for Israel, but rather came at them with evil intentions (cf. Gen. 50). Later, God would judge Babylon for doing what they did to His people (Dan. 5), even though God had a good purpose in bringing Israel into captivity in Babylon.

In a similar manner, Sandison definitely brought about a form of revenge on Dyer, but vengeance is God’s (Deut. 32:35; Rom. 12:19; Heb. 10:30), not Sandison’s. In this life, God uses the civil magistrate to execute his wrath against evildoers by the power of the sword (Rom. 13:1-5), but sadly they are not doing so.

The reality is that Sandison is also guilty of a capital crime, which should require his life. In fact, now he is guilty of two capital crimes, but is the state ready to bring justice upon Sandison? I’m highly doubtful.

Sandison’s sentencing is scheduled for April 8, 2015.

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