Son of Schwarzenegger’s political ally freed from prison early

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Esteban Nunez

SACRAMENTO – The man convicted of killing a San Diego State student in 2008 was released from prison Sunday, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Esteban Nuñez was released to parole supervision and will be living in Sacramento County for three years, the newspaper reported Sunday.

Núñez, 27, is the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, who was a close ally to former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

On his last day in office, Schwarzenegger reduced Nuñez’s 16 year prison sentence to seven years.  The ex-speaker’s son served less than six years.

Nuñez and Ryan Jett were convicted of killing Luis Santos in 2008 after being rejected from a fraternity party.  Jett was not commuted by the governor and he is expected to serve out his original sentence.

The family of of the murdered college student have expressed their frustration in the former governor’s decision.

“Through this whole process I’ve learned that law and justice don’t mean the same thing,” said Fred Santos, father of Luis Santos.

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