Yonatan Heilo, who killed a man who had repeatedly raped him, was released on Monday after spending more than eight years in jail.
The parole board decided to release Heilo after he had served more than two-thirds of his sentence. Prosecutors agreed with the decision.
Heilo, 31, was convicted of murder and sentenced to 20 years in jail. But in 2016, the Supreme Court reduced the charge to manslaughter and the sentence to 12 years.
In November, President Reuven Rivlin reduced his sentence by an additional year, allowing him to apply for immediate parole.
In January, the board rejected his application, but said it would reconsider if the prosecution withdrew its objections to his release.
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The prosecution changed its position due to a new opinion by Heilo’s therapists saying that he had integrated successfully into a treatment program while in prison. The therapists recommended paroling him on condition that he participate in a rehabilitation program after his release.
Heilo killed Yaron Eilin in May 2010 after they got into an argument. Both men had been drinking.
Heilo said Eilin had demanded 1,000 shekels ($275) and threatened that if Heilo didn’t pay, he would beat him up. Heilo then began choking him. Eilin eventually fell down, at which point Heilo hit him in the head twice with a rock, killing him.
Heilo later told police that about two weeks before the murder, Eilin had sodomized him twice over the course of three days.