Topic: Steve Powell
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October 15, 2013 at 2:24 PM
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The state Department of Corrections (DOC) today rescinded the release plan for Steven Powell after a Tacoma property owner withdrew an offer to allow him to move in as a tenant upon his release from prison.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.
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.
May 15, 2012 at 4:53 PM
The Associated Press
A jury in Tacoma needs more time to deliberate in the voyeurism case against the father-in-law of a missing Utah mother.
Jurors broke for the day this afternoon after considering Steve Powell’s fate for several hours. They planned to return at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Powell faces 14 counts of voyeurism stemming from what prosecutors say are images found on a disc in his bedroom of young girls who lived next door.
Jurors questioned that evidence during deliberations, asking if the disc was found in boxes containing only Steve Powell’s belongings.
Steve Powell is the father-in-law of Susan Powell, a Utah mother who disappeared in 2009. Her husband, Josh, killed himself and the couple’s two young children in a house fire earlier this year.
May 9, 2012 at 8:44 PM
The Associated Press
The voyeurism trial of a missing Utah woman’s father-in-law took on the tenor of a creepy slideshow Wednesday, as jurors saw images of young neighbor girls he is accused of filming — and then heard testimony from the girls themselves.
Steve Powell, 62, is the father of the late Josh Powell and father-in-law of Susan Powell, who disappeared from her home in West Valley City, Utah, in late 2009. In February, Josh Powell, who had moved to Washington state, attacked his two sons with a hatchet and ignited an explosive fire in which he and the boys died.
Steve Powell was arrested last September, after investigators searching his home for evidence in Susan Powell’s disappearance came across computer disks with what they described as thousands of images of women and girls who seemed unaware they were being photographed.
Those filmed, prosecutors say, included the neighbor girls, who were about 8 and 10 when the images were recorded.
Among the images recovered from Steve Powell’s home were many of Susan Powell that appeared to have been filmed without her knowledge, investigators said. There were also journals in which Steve Powell detailed his obsession with Susan Powell, they said.
Much of that evidence has been barred from the trial as unduly prejudicial against the defendant. Steve Powell is not charged with acts of voyeurism involving Susan Powell because authorities can’t prove she didn’t know about the filming.
Defense attorney Mark Quigley told jurors during his opening statement Wednesday that he did not expect Steve Powell to testify.
Steve Powell faces 14 counts of voyeurism.
The first witness in the case was Pierce County sheriff’s detective Gary Sanders, who described how detectives found the photos. The images were projected on a screen turned away from courtroom spectators.
In cross-examining the detective and the mother of the girls, Quigley elicited that other adult men lived in the home at the time — Josh Powell and one of his brothers — raising the specter that someone other than Steve Powell might have recorded the images.
The trial is expected to resume next Monday.
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