The state of Michigan is placing a paroled prisoner in an assisted living center at taxpayer expense after the federal government declined to deport him to Cuba.
Prudencio Loyrafuls’ life sentence was cut in December by Gov. Rick Snyder, making him eligible for parole after 30 years in prison. The parole board knew the 72-year-old wasn’t a U.S. citizen and figured that federal authorities would take him. But the government declined.
The Corrections Department says Loyrafuls will go to an assisted living center, possibly this week. Loyrafuls declined to speak to The Associated Press.
Spokesman Chris Gautz says the Corrections Department wasn’t “going to drop him off in the middle of town and say, ‘good luck.'”
Loyrafuls, a native of Cuba, was convicted of drug crimes in Macomb County.