TUCSON (3TV/CBS 5) - William Huff, who was convicted of murdering two young girls in Sierra Vista back in 1967, then released into home arrest three years ago, is back behind bars.
According to officials with the Arizona Department of Corrections, Huff's parole officer found an 8-year-old girl sleeping at Huff's residence earlier this week. That was apparently a violation of his terms of release.
Huff was sent back to prison. The Arizona Board of Executive Clemency will ultimately decide whether Huff will remain behind bars.
Huff was sentenced to 40-years to life in prison, after pleading guilty to the grizzly murders of 6-year-old Janelle Haines and 7-year-old Cindy Clelland. He was 17 at the time.
Family members of the victims fought to keep Huff behind bars, but in 2015, the Clemency Board voted to release him after serving nearly 50 years in prison.
"I hate to say I told you so, but this is where 'I told you so falls into play,'" said Melisa Haines, who is Janelle Haines' niece.
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"To hear that it involved another little girl is something that is gut-wrenching. It's not something that I'm happy he's in prison for, because it involved a little girl. But I am happy that he's in prison because I believe that that's where he belongs," said Haines.
Department of Corrections officials say the girl who was sleeping at Huff's residence was the daughter of the sister of Huff's girlfriend. There is no indication the girl was hurt in any way.