09/26/2016 10:37 EDT | Updated 09/26/2016 10:40 EDT

'Making A Murderer's' Steven Avery Is Engaged

"We'll be laughing forever."

The subject of the hit Netflix documentary "Making A Murderer" is engaged.

Steven Avery, the 54-year-old Wisconsin native who is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach, will wed Las Vegas legal secretary Lynn Hartman, according to Avery's lawyer.

"Steven Avery's engagement to Lynn is one bright spot in an otherwise unbelievably tragic and unfair life story," Kathleen Zellner, who is handling Avery's wrongful conviction case, told US Weekly. "Cheers to both of them."

According to the Daily Mail, Avery and Hartman, 53, have been dating for eight months but just met face-to-face for the first time last week at Waupun Correctional Institute in Waupun, Wisconsin, where Avery is serving his sentence.

"She's going to be my future wife. We'll be laughing forever," Avery told the Daily Mail. "I'm happy. She treats me decent, she loves me. She's kind of spoiling me right now. I just want to be happy and enjoy my life. I think I did enough time."

Avery has been incarcerated at Waupun for the past 11 years. He previously served 18 years of a 32-year sentence for a rape and murder conviction in 1985 before DNA testing exonerated him.

Steven Avery is pictured in this file undated booking photo obtained by Reuters January 29, 2016. (REUTERS/Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department/Handout via Reuters/Files)

Avery's nephew, Brendan Dassey, was also convicted in the 2005 murder of Halbach, but his conviction was overturned in August. Prosecutors have 90 days to bring Dassey, 26, to trial again or he will be released later this year.

Avery was previously married to Lori Dassey from 1982 to 1988 and they have four children together.

In July, Netflix announced "Making A Murderer" would return for a second season. The new episodes will focus on post-conviction life and the fight to get Avery released from prison.

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