SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A California appeals court has ruled that corrections officials had a right to send convicted killer Loren Herzog to remote Lassen County when he was paroled in 2010.
Herzog's release had drawn heated opposition from authorities and residents who believed he was responsible for a killing spree in the 1970s and 80s.
He and childhood friend Wesley Shermantine, a pair dubbed the Speed Freak Killers, were convicted of multiple murders. But Herzog's conviction later was overturned because of an illegally obtained confession.
He instead pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was paroled to a trailer outside the gates of Susanville's prison. The city and county sued to get rid of him.
The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday that corrections officials have exclusive discretion to place parolees.
Herzog committed suicide in January.