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Released child killer suing over confinement

A man who killed an 8-year-old girl is accusing Texas officials of illegally depriving him of the chance to re-enter society.
/ Source: The Associated Press

A man who killed an 8-year-old girl is accusing Texas officials of illegally depriving him of the chance to re-enter society.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel will consider the lawsuit this week but isn't expected to rule immediately.

Forty-eight-year-old Raul Meza qualified for release from prison in 1993. He received a 30-year sentence for killing and sexually assaulting Kendra Page in Austin in 1982.

He is being held at a county jail while on mandatory supervised release.

Among other accusations, he says parole officials take so long to approve potential job prospects that they're gone when he finally applies.

The Texas attorney general's office says the conditions imposed on Meza are legitimate, given his history.