photo: Michigan Department of Corrections/2019

Man Who Raped, Murdered At 17 Waives His Right To Resentencing

April 05, 2019 - 1:27 pm

ROCHESTER HILLS (WWJ) - A man convicted as a teenager of raping and killing three members of a Rochester Hills family, including two children, will not be getting out od prison.

Michael Kvam appeared in court Friday for a resentencing hearing as the result of a Supreme Court decision that found mandatory life sentences for juvenile offenders were unconstitutional.

He waived his right to a resentencing, telling an Oakland County judge that dying in prison is what he deserves. "There are no mitigating circumstances at all," he said adding, ""I'm a killer, plain and simple."

Kvam was 17 years old in 1984 when he was sentenced to life with no parole in the murders of 27-year-old Joann Bray, her 9-year-old daughter Chastity Bray and 15-year-old niece Wendy Lovell. All three were raped and stabbed multiple times, according to reports. 

Relatives of the three victims had feared Kvam's possible release.

Barbara Lovell, Wendy's sister, told WXYZ-TV, "I wish we had the death penalty but we don't. But he does not deserve to walk free."