Wayne Lee Stevens Mugshot

Wayne Lee Stevens is facing a felony charge after being caught drinking and driving for the 3rd time. (July 14, 2009)

The man who was the source of a highly publicized case back in 2007 has been arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, again. Records show it's the third time he's been charged with the offense. This time he'll be charged with a felony.

Wayne Lee Stevens was booked on July 4th for OWI by a Walker Police officer. He's being held on $20,000 bond.

Back in January, police say they found Stevens slumped over the wheel of his car that was stuck in a snow bank. He was sentenced to 40 days behind bars for that arrest in April, which was his 2nd conviction for drunk driving.

Stevens' release from prison in 2007 was highly publicized. He was orignially facing up to 40 years in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering Mary Ann Scharphorn. He was released 27 years after the conviction for good behavior.

April 23, 2009

MUSKEGON COUNTY - 40 days in jail, two years probation, and $800 in fines. That's the penalty for Wayne Lee Stevens, a convicted murderer who was found slumped over the steering wheel of his car that was stuck in a snow bank back in January. The 55 year old plead guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated last month.

Stevens was the source of a highly publicized case back in 2007. In 1979, Stevens plead guilty to sexually mutilating and killing Mary Ann Scharphorn. A plea deal with the prosecutor at the time landed him a sentence of 15 to 40 years, but because of good behavior, 17 years were knocked off his sentence. A court ruling upheld the terms of his sentence, and he was granted release 27 years after being convicted of 2nd Degree Murder.

The Muskegon County Prosecutor's Office fought his release, but was denied by the Court of Appeals in that case.