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'Jenny Jones Show' killer to be released from prison

Posted at 4:57 AM, Aug 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-18 04:57:38-04

DETROIT (WXYZ/CNN) - A Michigan man will soon be released from prison after killing a man in 1995 who professed his love to him on a TV show.

It was March of 1995 during a taping of the Jenny Jones Show.

Scott Amedure revealed he had a crush on Jonathan Schmitz who claimed to not be gay.

Then three days later, Schmitz showed up at Amedure's home and shot and killed him.

He was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison but has now been granted parole.

We talked to Amedure's brother over the phone.

"Did he get what he deserved? I don't know. Should he be in there longer? Does he need more help? I don't know. I struggle with all that, but he is not the only person that I blame for my brother's death," Frank Amedure, Jr. said.

That's because he believes the people involved in the show were never held accountable for their role and said they're just as much to blame for his brother's death as Jonathan Schmitz.

"The man told the producers that he wouldn't want to appear on the show if his admirer were a man," Amedure Jr. said.

He said Schmitz deserved to go to prison for murder but said the show not only knew what they were doing but pushed him too far.

"If my brother knew that Schmitz felt the way he did before this happened, he wouldn't have gone on the show, I'm sure of it," Amedure Jr. said.

These days, Frank Amedure Jr. says he struggles with depression and feels broken inside.

He wishes he could know more about Schmitz and what so many years in prison may have taught him.

Schmitz is scheduled to be released next week.

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