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State sued by family of elderly Stockton woman allegedly killed by grandson

11:39 AM, Aug 17, 2013   |    comments
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STOCKTON, CA (AP) - The son and daughter of a woman allegedly raped and murdered by her grandson are suing the state and San Joaquin County for releasing him from the county jail after he violated parole.

The Stockton Record reports that the lawsuit filed this month claims parole agents supervising 40-year-old Jerome Sidney DeAvila knew he was a danger to 76-year-old Racheal Renee Russell. He had made threats and had a history of drug use and violence.

The lawsuit filed in San Joaquin Superior Court alleges officials did not affix him with a GPS tracking device or warn the grandmother of his release.

The case attracted attention from critics of AB109, the law that has created crowded jails and early releases because some offenders are held there instead of prisons.

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