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Man Who Killed Gay Admirer From ‘Jenny Jones Show’ Out of Prison

JACKSON, Mich. — A Michigan man convicted in the 1995 killing of a man who expressed romantic interest in him on national television has been released from prison.

The Michigan Department of Corrections says 47-year-old Jonathan Schmitz was released from a prison Tuesday in Jackson.

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Jonathan Schmitz on Oct. 7, 2016 Michigan Department of Corrections

Schmitz was 24 when an acquaintance, 32-year-old Scott Amedure, revealed that he was romantically interested in Schmitz during a taping of the Jenny Jones Show.

Schmitz, who said he wasn't gay, fatally shot Amedure three days after the taping.

Schmitz turned himself in to police, saying he killed Amedure because he was embarrassed on national TV. He was sentenced 25 to 50 years for second-degree murder. He was granted parole after a March hearing.

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