Brendan Dassey's family reacts to news of his pending release

Posted at 10:34 PM, Nov 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-15 07:18:56-05
Shock and disbelief. Two feelings the family of Brendan Dassey felt after word of his pending release broke Monday afternoon. 
Both Dassey's father and brother said they are concerned for his well-being in the community. 
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  • Peter Dassey has not seen his son free since he was 16, when he was first taken into custody for the murder of Teresa Halbach.

    She was a photographer that was found dead on Steven Avery's land. Avery, Brendan's uncle, and him were convicted of her death. Their story was turned into the Netflix's documentary "Making of a Murderer".

    Dassey's conviction was overturned earlier this year and now a judge has granted a motion for his release. 

    "You said you are excited for him to come home?" asked TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Rebecca Klopf. 

    "Yes I am, yes," Peter Dassey said. 

    Brendan Dassey's half-brother, Brad Dassey, said the whole family is in shock. 

    "Well the news came by surprise. My phone started blowing up and I was extremely ecstatic. It's kind like Christmas right now," Brad Dassey said.

    For a father that has not seen his son without prison walls between them for more than a decade, it's hard to process news that Brendan Dassey could be free at any time. Peter Dassey did not want his face on camera but spoke to TODAY'S TMJ4 for a few minutes. 

    "Are you going to go pick him up?" Klopf asked. 

    "I don't know what the deal is right now," Peter Dassey said.

    The news of Brendan Dassey's release has mixed reaction from the town of Manitowoc.

    "I think it's awesome, it's about time he's out," said Sandi Bruechert who has followed the trial from the beginning. 

    "People don't really like to talk about it but they want them to be where they belong, they feel they do belong in prison," said Cindy Breuchel who watched the documentary but does not believe Brendan Dassey is not involved in the murder of Teresa Halbach.

    The mixed reaction from the community has Brendan Dassey's family worried. They are concerned about his safety.

    "My brother is not a dangerous criminal and there's absolutely nothing to fear since he's going to be out," Brad Dassey said. 

    The family is not sure yet where Brendan will live. His brother said it will most likely be with his mother. Brendan  is not allowed to have contact with Steven Avery or Teresa Halbach's family.