Convicted of triple murder as a teen, Michigan lifer passes at chance for new sentence

A man convicted of killing three people when he was a teenager says he was "rotten from the beginning" and is skipping a chance to possibly get a new sentence from a judge in Pontiac.

Michael Kvam is now 52 but he was 17 when he raped and killed 27-year-old Joann Bray, her 15-year-old niece Wendy Lovell, and Bray's 9-year-old daughter, Chastity back in 1984.

"Dying in here is what I deserve," Kvam said Friday.

Joann's husband, Orbin, vividly remembers that day 35 years ago.

"I walked in at 4 in the morning and found my 9-year-old baby girl stabbed 27 times, my wife 15 times. He cut up my niece so bad I couldn't pick her up to take her to the hospital (because) I was afraid she was going to fall apart," Orbin said.

Orbin doesn't want to be in court Friday - nobody did - but the Supreme Court ruled a few years ago that anyone sentenced as a juvenile to life in prison was entitled to have their sentences revisited.

Since Kvam was 17 when it happened, he had a chance at that - and Orbin and his other daughter, Ann, were pulled back into court.

"The horror that they inflicted never goes away," Orbin said.

Today, Ann is 46 - but she was celebrating her 11th birthday in July 1984. She was at her grandparents house when her mom, sister, and cousin were murdered and taken away from her.

"I don't even remember crying at the funeral. I just remember seeing three caskets, that's all that ever comes up in my head. I can never forget that," Ann said.

The Brays were in court in Pontiac with the hopes that Kvam woud not be released from prison, 35 years later. They got their wish as Kvam asked to stay behind bars - and apologized for taking so much from the family.

"I'm not asking for forgiveness - I don't deserve it or want it. In fact, me spending the rest of my life in here is way better than I deserve. And to the rest of you, I would like to say that monsters do exist," Kvam said.

Both sides agree that he's a monster and both sides had harsh words for the Supreme Court for allowing these juvenile lifer proceedings to even happen.

"This ruling is wrong. This is wrong to put the families through this again - it's very wrong," Orbin said.

"I'd like to add that this whole premise of this juvenile lifer reform nonsense is pure bullsh--," Kvam said. "I'm a killer, plain and simple, as are probably 95% of the juvenile lifers. I deserve to die in here there's no question; that's the fair thing. That's just. Let's just get this over with."

Kvam did have to undergo a mental health evaluation where it was determined he was competent to make the decision. At the end of the proceeding, a judge granted his wish and he'll head back to prison for the rest of his life.

Even if he didn't waive that opportunity, it's possible that he would have received the same sentence.