Jeremy Davis was released from jail early after his victim, his wife, was diagnosed with cancer.
A Northern California man serving a sentence for assaulting his wife was released early on Tuesday because of the dying wish from the woman he admitted beating.
The reason for the request: she was diagnosed with terminal cancer Christmas Eve.
After providing proof of her illness, a Monterey County judge sympathized with Davis and granted her request.
Char Davis walked away from the courthouse Tuesday in tears, hand-in-hand with her husband's father, a retired nursing director who will help care for her.
"I'm very happy that my son is coming home. He needs to be with his wife," James Davis, the father of Jeremy Davis, said. "Like a lot of couples, they've had issues. But they do love each other and they need to be together at this time."
The judge ordered that Davis return to court next week to review his release and said that if there were any accusations of abuse he would be thrown back in jail.
Prosecutor Sam Nong disagreed with the judge's decision.
"The defendant has a history of domestic violence. She told the police that he had assaulted her in the past, and also the fact that she was going to stay with the defendant's Dad is a concern."
As part of the condition of his release, Davis will attend weekly domestic violence classes.