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Brendan Dassey, the subject of 'Making a Murderer,' must remain in prison for now

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UPDATE | Nov. 17, 2016 at 1:34 p.m. EST

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Brendan Dassey, the Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer," must remain behind bars even though his conviction has been overturned.

This comes after the judge on Wednesday ordered Dassey released from prison by 8 p.m. Friday. The state Justice Department asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in an emergency motion to block the release, pending the resolution of the appeal.

A federal judge has ordered that Brendan Dassey, whose case received national attention last year because of the Netflix series "Making a Murderer," be granted supervised release from prison. 

U.S. District Judge William Duffin, who previously overturned Dassey's conviction for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach, issued the order. 


The now 27-year-old has been in prison since 2007 when he was sentenced in the 25-year-old photographer's murder. 

Dassey's original conviction was reversed because the way he was interrogated violated his constitutional rights.


His uncle, Steven Avery, is also serving a life sentence in connection with the murder.


Dassey's release from prison will not be immediate and comes with multiple conditions. If he violates any of the conditions, he will return to prison.

Here is a list of the conditions outlined by the court: 

  • Dassey cannot violate any federal, state or local law. 
  • He must appear in court as required and surrender to serve any sentence, as ordered by a court. 
  • He must comply with any applicable law regarding sex offender registration. 
  • Dassey will be under the supervision of the United States Probation Office.
  • He must cooperate with the United States Probation Office and be available for any home visit it deems necessary. 

Dassey's release could be delayed if the State of Wisconsin appeals the judge's order. 

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