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Originally published Friday, June 29, 2012 at 3:48 PM

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Steven Powell may be released from prison in year

The father-in-law of missing Utah woman Susan Powell may be released from prison in less than a year, despite being convicted of 14 voyeurism counts.

The Associated Press

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OLYMPIA, Wash. —

The father-in-law of missing Utah woman Susan Powell may be released from prison in less than a year, despite being convicted of 14 voyeurism counts.

Steven Powell was sentenced earlier this month to 2 1/2 years in prison for recording images of two neighbor girls in their bathroom. After factoring for time served, good time and reductions because he is a nonviolent offender, the state has calculated his potential release date as May 23, 2013.

Prosecutors had asked for Powell to be sentenced to 10 years.

Susan Powell disappeared from her Utah home in 2009. Her husband, Josh, was a focus of the investigation until he killed himself and the couple's two children earlier this year. Steven Powell was arrested last year after authorities investigating her disappearance searched his home in Washington state.

Investigators said they found thousands of images of women and girls who seemed unaware they were being photographed, including images of Susan Powell. They filed charges based on video taken of the neighbor girls, who were about 8 and 10 years old when the images were recorded.

Powell also faces three years of supervised release following the sentence.

Authorities say they want to speak with Steven Powell about his daughter-in-law's disappearance.

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