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Steven Martinez, Quadriplegic Rapist, Will Be Freed from California Prison

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STEVEN MARTINEZ
Steven Martinez, a rapist paralyzed when another inmate attacked him, will be released under a California program trying to save costs in the prison budget. | AP

CORCORAN, Calif. -- California prison officials will free a quadriplegic rapist whose care costs the state $625,000 a year.

He applied last year to become the first inmate freed under a medical parole law that aims to reduce prison costs. Martinez was turned down as a public safety risk. An appeals court in San Diego rejected that decision last month and ordered his release.

He'll be the 48th inmate paroled under the program.

Martinez got 157 years-to-life in 1998 for a San Diego attack in which he rammed a woman's car, then kidnapped and repeatedly raped her.

He was paralyzed a decade ago when another inmate stabbed him in the neck.

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