This photo provided by Norma Martinez, shows Steven Martinez in his prison hospital bed at Corcoran State Prison in Corcoran, Calif. Martinez is a repeat violent offender who is 12 years into a 157 ... more 
This photo provided by Norma Martinez, shows Steven Martinez in his prison hospital bed at Corcoran State Prison in Corcoran, Calif. Martinez is a repeat violent offender who is 12 years into a 157 years-to-life prison sentence for kidnapping, beating and raping a woman after running her down with his vehicle as she left a San Diego dance club. A stabbing behind bars left him a quadriplegic, but it's that act that may lead to the 42-year-old inmate's early release. Martinez could become the first California inmate granted medical parole under a law that took effect this year when his release is considered on Tuesday at Corcoran State Prison. The program is intended to parole inmates who are medically incapacitated, saving the state millions of dollars a year. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Norma Martinez
Sat, May 21, 2011 2:30 PM EDT