Widow receives letter for late husband to appear in court

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TUSCOLA COUNTY, Mich. (WNEM) — A letter delivered on Valentine’s Day opened up some old wounds for a Mid-Michigan woman.

Most people don’t like being called to appear in court, but the summons a mid-Michigan widow received in the mail is particularly painful.

“I opened it up and I’m looking at it like what,” Monoco Lee said.

Lee was surprised to get a court summons addressed to her husband. The letter ordered him to appear at the 54th judicial circuit court in Caro on Thursday.

“Wanting him to appear in court to show cause why he hasn’t paid his fines and fees and legal costs,” Lee said.

There’s only one problem. Lee said her husband died at the Tuscola County Jail almost 18 years ago. He died on Oct. 19, 1997.

Lee was married to Louis Peters II. He was in custody awaiting criminal charges of assault and aggravated stalking. He passed away before the trial. Lee said the documents have reopened deep wounds.

“I was the victim. So it brought up a lot of bad memories. I mean I’m sitting here shaking just thinking about it. It took me a long time to get away from him and to get him out of my head and now the courts are bringing it back,” Lee said.

The letter arrived at Lee’s home on Valentine’s Day. She said re-living the alleged abuse on a day meant for love is especially painful. Lee just wants to know why this happened.

“He died in their jail OK. How can they say OK, 17 years later let’s go after him for fees and all that. Seriously,” Lee said.

TV5 wanted to take their questions to the court officials in Tuscola County, but court was closed due to the President’s Day holiday.

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