Calif. may let brain-damaged murderer go to avoid costly care

He's a brain-damaged murderer, in a persistent vegetative state, and since December it's cost the state more than $831,000 — about half in officer overtime — to guard and care for him.

Now, California corrections officials are looking into a possible compassionate release for Jackson Phaysaleum, 24, who is four years into a sentence of 46-to-life.

Convicted of killing two men in a dispute over Stockton drug turf, Phaysaleum was rendered all but lifeless after a cellmate attacked him at Kern Valley State Prison.

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