Wisconsin sheriff defends hiring of convicted killer

The Sheboygan County sheriff is defending his decision to hire a man convicted of killing and dismembering his girlfriend nearly 40 years ago.

Sheriff Todd Priebe says Rafael Macias is very grateful he’s been given a second chance. Priebe says Macias had been working as a contractor on the sheriff’s department radio system for about 10 years before he was hired in 2011. The sheriff says Macias was upfront about his conviction.

Macias was 20 and an airman at Carswell Air Force Base in Texas when he pleaded guilty to killing and dismembering Julia Adams. He tells the Journal Sentinel Wednesday that through his faith, anger management counseling and maturity he has become a different man.

Priebe says Macias is a rehabilitation “success story.”