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Court denies request in standoff case
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By Kevin Murphy For the Times MADISON - A state appeals court recently rejected a Gratiot man's request to be released from prison before filing an appeal of his convictions involving pointing a revolver at two conservation wardens last fall. Robert J. Stietz, 66, was found guilty by jurors in March and sentenced by Circuit Judge James Beer in May to one year in prison and two years extended supervision for pointing a firearm at a law enforcement officer, a felony, and, resisting arrest, a misdemeanor. The Department of Corrections calculated May 24, 2015 as Stietz's mandatory release date from prison and May 24, 2018 as the date his extended supervision expires.