A Sand Lake man was sentenced to life in prison last week in the double slaying of an Eaton County couple.
Christopher Allen Perrien, 39, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the deaths of Michael Greene, 62, and his wife, Terri, 46. According to the Eaton County Sheriff Department, Perrien became a suspect on September 27, 2011, within 5 days after the couple was found shot at their home, in Delta Township. He reportedly became a suspect after policed discovered someone was using the victim’s cell phone and credit cards, and surveillance tracked the transactions back to Perrien.
Michael Greene was a retired state police detective. He had been shot five times, and his body was reportedly posed. His wife’s body was found in the pond behind their home.
Evidence was found in Perrien’s storage unit, including Terri’s wallet, her driver’s license, and Michael’s badge and service weapons. A GPS unit on Perrien’s car showed that he drove by the Greene’s home twice the day before the killings, and once the day of the murders.
Perrien reportedly committed the murders while out on work release. He was convicted and sentenced on a property crime on September 1, 2011 in Eaton County, and was granted work release by the court, despite a long criminal history.
“Perrien was assigned a probation/parole agent but his actual employment was never verified,” explained former Eaton County Sheriff Mike Raines, at the time of Perrien’s arrest. “Our investigation determined he was on work release without actually having a job.”
A phone call played during closing arguments showed that Perrien’s girlfriend at the time, Crystal Gonzalez, helped him get the .38 revolver and gloves he used in the crime.
Perrien’s previous crimes had been financial—writing bad checks, embezzlement, illegal use of a credit card, etc.