Steven Avery is an American convicted criminal. Many cases are registered against the accused, along with convicted murder, sexual assault and theft cases. Let’s have a look at Steven Avery’s Life, troubles, and convictions.
|1962 (age 60 years), Manitowoc County, WI
|Dolores Avery, Allan Avery
|Lori Dassey (m. 1982–1988)
|Barb Tadych, Earl Avery, Charles Avery
|First-degree intentional homicide
|Life imprisonment without parole
|Incarcerated at Fox Lake Correctional Institution
Steven Avery was born on July 9, 1962, in Manitowoc Country, Wisconsin, United States. He is 60 years old now. He got his early education from public schools in Manitowoc till grade 9.
At the age of sixteen, Steven dropped out of school and started working at his family’s salvage yard business; later on, he started working on a dairy farm and construction work as well; Steven began to work in a bar when he was 18.
Criminal and Legal Troubles
In 1981, he was caught robbing a bar and imprisoned for ten months. After a year, he admitted his crime of animal cruelty, that he had poured petrol on a cat and set it into a bonfire. He served nine months in jail for the offence.
In 1985 he again broke the law when he pulled over a car of Sandra Morris, the cousin of the sheriff’s deputy’s wife; Steven took his gun and pointed it at her; Avery claimed that he just wanted her to stop “spreading rumours” about him.
After that, she filed a complaint against Steven in 1984, and then he was sentenced to six years for the car incident in jail again but was granted bail soon.
However, Avery’s life dramatically turned on July 29, 1985, when he worked in his family business after high school. He was wrongfully arrested for Penny Beernsten’s case, who was raped near Two River Beach. She described the accused modesty to the Wisconsin police, and cops believed that it was him because the sketch resembled Steven’s.
In December 1985, Avery was sentenced to 32 years in jail for convicted sexual assault and attempted murder; after the court decisions, many people testified that Steven was working in his yard that day even though he was not at the crime scene then of the attack.
Steven maintained his innocence and spent 18 years in prison. In 2001 the Wisconsin Innocence Project opened his case again and granted a court order for DNA testing of pubic hair, which was found on the victim’s body earlier.
On September 2003, the state lab confirmed that the sample found on the body didn’t match Steven’s DNA. Soon after Court removed all the charges from him, and he was released from prison.
Murder of Teresa & Life Imprisonment
On October 31, 2005, a freelance photographer, Teresa Halbach, went to Avery’s Auto Salvage. She wanted to take photographs for Avery’s yard van to list them in her “Auto Trade Magazine”, where she met with Steven and his family.
After that, she suddenly disappeared somewhere; after three days, her family reported the missing complaint to find Teresa, and police began their investigation with Steven to locate Halbach. While Steven claimed that he talked to her but that she left after taking the photographs, and he never saw her alive again.
On the other hand, Hulbach’s vehicle was found with blood stains two days later at Avery’s salvage yard. Over a week, Halbach’s car key was also found in his house. Hulbach’s bones soon recovered from a burn pit near his home, and postpartum reports determined the human bones belonged to Halbach.
Later on, detectives also discovered bullet evidence in Avery’s garage, which matches Halbach’s DNA. Avery was arrested, and while in jail, he settled his civil suit for $400,000.
In March 2006, Brendan Dassey, Avery’s 16year old nephew, confessed to police that he and Avery had raped and murdered Halbach before burning her body. He later denied that he was forced to admit this crime, and his statement was taken without legal and parental presence.
However, Dassey was found to be involved in various crimes, while no substantial evidence was found against him. After 27 days of trial, Steven was found guilty on March 2007 of murder and convicted of possession of an illegal weapon.
He was sentenced to serve his life in prison without parole. In the end, Dassey was also found guilty, and he was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment with parole in 2048.
Family Marriage Girlfriend
Steven Avery’s father is Dolores Avery, and his mother’s name is Allan Avery. They are four siblings altogether. Steven got married in 1982 to Lori Mathison; they later divorced in 1988; during these six years of marriage, they had four children together: Steven Avery Jr., Bill Avery, Jenney Avery and Rachel Avery.
Although Avery had two girlfriends after his divorce, he had a long-term relationship with Sandra Greenman. They both got engaged in 2009, but their relationship didn’t lead to marriage, and they ended their relationship.
As per media reports, Steven had a second girlfriend named Lynn Hartman. He got officially engaged in 2016; later, he claimed that Lynn used him for being famous and for his money, and he soon broke off with her.
Steven Avery Net Worth
Estimating Steven Avery’s net worth is difficult to educate, as he is serving his life in prison. However, some sources estimated that Steven’s net worth is around 500 million. It may include all remaining assets and income he receives from the jail for his work assignments.
Steven’s criminal records and murder case gained national attention and released on Netflix true crime documentary series made by Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi based on Steven Avery and his nephew Brenden Dassey who was also involved in the murder “Making a Murder” in 2015, which raised questions on the criminal justice system and on Avery’s fairness trial.