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Judge grants stay of parole order for Jarvi

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has prevailed in her request for a stay of enforcement of a parole order involving a man convicted for a Livingston County kidnapping and assault in 1993.

63-year-old Floyd Jarvi pled no contest in 1994 on multiple counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, armed robbery, and felony-firearm. He was sentenced to 23 to 60 years in prison, but became eligible for parole in 2014.

The parole board considered and denied Jarvi’s parole multiple times since 2014 before deciding to release him in October.

In response, Nessel filed to halt his release and appeal the order. That was granted Thursday by Livingston County Circuit Court Judge Suzanne Geddis.

“We are grateful that Judge Geddis acted quickly in the interest of public safety,” Nessel said. “The facts of this case demonstrate that Jarvi has failed to accept responsibility for his crimes and lacks remorse, and as such should remain in custody. We look forward to presenting the facts of the case before the circuit court.”

His victim, Wendy Jo Morrison of Brighton, has spoken out extensively about her ordeal. She has initially remained out of the spotlight, but stepped forward in 2014 when she learned the parole board had granted Jarvi’s release. Morrison made an appeal to the parole board, and Jarvi’s parole was rescinded–something she said hadn’t happened in Michigan in 50 years.

Jarvi remains an inmate at the Cooper Street Correctional Facility in Jackson until his case is adjudicated.

A date has not yet been set for the appeal.

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