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October 15, 2013 at 2:24 PM

State rescinds plan to release Steve Powell from prison

The father-in-law of missing Utah mother Susan Powell isn’t leaving prison anytime soon.

The state Department of Corrections (DOC) today rescinded the release plan for Steven Powell after a Tacoma property owner withdrew an offer to allow him to move in as a tenant upon his release from prison. Powell had been scheduled to complete his sentence Nov. 4, according to the DOC.

Powell, 63, who is housed at Monroe Correctional Complex, can submit another release plan for DOC review provided he can give a suitable address where he will live, the DOC said. In order to be approved, the plan must include a safety plan for victims, a plan for Powell to participate in treatment and a plan for Powell to support himself, according to a DOC news release.

Once a new release plan is submitted, it sets in motion a 35-day notification period before Powell can be released.

If Powell is unable to submit a suitable release plan, he won’t be released from prison until he reaches his maximum-release date in March, according to the DOC.

Powell is serving time on voyeurism charges for secretly recording images of young neighbor girls in Pierce County. He was sentenced in June 2012.

Last week, the DOC announced Powell had identified a home in Tacoma where he planned to live upon his expected release next month. The DOC notified Powell’s victims and local law enforcement about his scheduled release date.

The DOC didn’t release details of the property owner, but said the offer to let Powell stay at the Tacoma home was withdrawn because the plans were made public and the property owner didn’t want attention.

Last May 23 was the earliest possible date Powell could have been released from prison, based on sentence reductions he earned in prison for participating in programs and avoiding serious infractions. However, that didn’t happen because he failed to submit a release plan, according to the DOC.

Susan Powell disappeared from her Utah home in December 2009. Her husband, Josh Powell, and their two young children later moved to Washington.

Josh Powell was a focus of the investigation into his wife’s disappearance until he killed himself and the couple’s two children last year.

Utah authorities have said they do not believe Steve Powell was directly involved with Susan Powell’s disappearance.

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