Jerry Buting, one of Making a Murderer subject Steven Avery's defense lawyers, made sure he gave Manitowoc County Sheriff's Lt. Andrew Colborn a snarky retirement sendoff Saturday.
Buting, who, at trial, strongly suggested that Colborn and Manitowoc Lt. Detective James Lenk planted evidence against his client, tweeted a photo of the officers Photoshopped onto a Planters peanuts ad along with his comment, "Colborn's monthly pension will include the standard issue Manitowoc retirement ration."
It is unclear who created the meme, however, it is one that has been floating around social media since Colborn and Lenk were first vilified by Making a Murderer filmmakers, who opponents of the Netflix hit say defamed them to make Avery and Brendan Dassey appear as victims set up by corrupt officials.
Colborn confirmed his retirement on Friday, February 2. He was hired in 1992 under Manitowoc County Sheriff Tom Kocourek and became lieutenant of the detective bureau in 2013.
In 2005, Colborn was at the center of Avery's cry that police were framing him for the murder of Teresa Halbach, a defense Buting and Dean Strang put on at trial. Making a Murderer filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos championed that defense, suggesting Lenk and Colborn were on the front lines of what they presented as a multi-layered conspiracy to frame Avery for murder, so Manitowoc County could avoid paying him millions of dollars in a wrongful conviction lawsuit he filed over a 1985 rape he didn't commit.