Notorious murderer Jonathan Schmitz has walked free, experiencing his first days outside of prison in more than 20 years, as reported by New York Post.
Schmitz, 47, was convicted of murdering his friend Scott Amedure after the duo appeared together on The Jenny Jones Show in 1995. During the episode’s taping, Amedure admitted that he had feelings for Schmitz. The homophobic murderer did not reciprocate and, three days later, fatally shot Amedure with a 12 gauge pump-action shotgun.
He was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in jail in 1995 for second degree murder. Now, the felon has walked free, after being granted parole during a hearing in March. The 47-year-old was released Tuesday from Parnall Correctional Institution in Michigan.
All told, Schmitz spent 23 years behind bars for the brutal crime, according to court records obtained by CBS Detroit.
The victim’s brother, Frank Amedure Jr., told reporters that he was troubled that Schmitz is now allowed to walk the streets.
“I wanted assurance that the (parole board’s) decision was not based on just good behavior in prison,” he said. “I’d like to know that he learned something, that he’s a changed man, is no longer homophobic and has gotten psychological care.”
Daily Mail followed the convicted murderer during his first days of freedom and found him participating in a string of mundane errands. He was photographed leaving a pet store and visiting a car insurance agent, among other activities. The 47-year-old is living with his parents in Lapeer, Michigan.
Though the episode of The Jenny Jones Show in which Schmitz and Amedure appear never aired on television, clips have made their way online and into news segments about the crime.
[Featured image: Michigan Department of Corrections/YouTube/screenshot]