Homeless sex offender dies in the cold
Thomas Pauli didn't choose to die alone in the cold.
after being turned away from shelter
He apparently froze to death because of a crime he committed nearly 20 years ago, and a law that's dogged him ever since his release from prison.
Temperatures the night he died got down to zero in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
In the days prior to the discovery of his body in the snow outside an auto body salvage shop, he reportedly attempted to get a bed at two shelters.
Officials at both facilities reluctantly acknowledge they would have turned him away because state law forbids registered sex offenders to reside for even one night within 1,000 feet of a school.
Read the Grand Rapids Press report here.