- Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014

WACO, Texas (AP) - A Texas man who unexpectedly pleaded guilty to killing his two adopted stepsons in 1986 after years of claiming his innocence was set to be released from prison and sent to an Austin halfway house on Monday.

Edward E. Graf Jr. will be monitored by GPS once he arrives at the halfway house near the Austin airport he’ll likely go to, the Waco Tribune-Herald (http://bit.ly/1zvMsjU ) reported.

Last week, the 62-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of murder even as a jury deliberated during his retrial.

He took a plea deal that carries a 60-year prison sentence but counts his 28 years in custody as time served, which made him immediately eligible to apply for parole.

Texas’ highest criminal court granted Graf a new trial after a panel of fire experts concluded that arson investigators who testified against Graf at his first trial were wrong.

Clare Bradburn, Graf’s ex-wife and the mother of two boys killed in the fire - Jason Graf, 8, and Joby Graf, 9 - wanted Graf to remain in prison for the rest of his life. She said if Graf must be released, she finds comfort in the fact that he finally admitted he killed her sons and that he will be under the highest level of supervision by parole officials.

Graf could be under even more scrutiny because of the statewide and national publicity his case has received, Huntsville attorney Bill Habern, who specializes in prison and parole issues, said.

State parole officials “will have a hair trigger in this case and won’t hesitate to revoke him given the slightest opportunity,” he said.

Graf, who has been turned down for parole twice since 2008, will wear an ankle monitor with GPS capabilities, will have a strict curfew and have to fill out a weekly schedule detailing what he will be doing and where he will be every minute, Habern said.

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Information from: Waco Tribune-Herald, http://www.wacotrib.com

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