Parole reversed for man accused of sexually assaulting 19-year-old woman in Livingston County

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel stepped in to help reverse parole of Floyd Jarvi

LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Mich. – In 1993 19-year-old Wendy Jo Morrison was on her way home from her waitressing job when she was run off the road, raped, and beaten by Floyd Jarvi in a manner so vicious she is lucky to be alive.

Jarvi pleaded no contest in 1994 and was sentenced to 25-60 years in jail.

He became eligible for parole in 2014 but was turned down each year until 2022 when Morrison could not attend the hearing.

When the Livingston County Prosecutor failed to file paperwork opposing the parole for Jarvi, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel stepped in.

“My perspective is when something like this happens and if the Department of Attorney General isn’t going to stand by your side when you’ve been the victim of a heinous and assaultive crime, who is,” said Nessel.

Nessel’s office did a deep dive into the case as well as Jarvi’s recent evaluations and asked the parole board to reconsider citing Jarvi’s continued hostility towards women.

The parole board ultimately reversed itself and withdrew parole.

“Attorney General Dana Nessel personally responded to my concerns about Jarvi’s release,” Morrison said. “She made me feel heard and seen when I was ready to give up and has reaffirmed my faith in the justice system.”

About the Authors:

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.