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Transgender California inmate seeking sex reassignment surgery freed from prison after parole

FILE -  In this May 21, 2015, file photo, inmate Michelle-Lael Norsworthy speaks during her parole hearing at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, Calif.  Norsworthy, a transgender inmate who had been trying to force California to become the first state to pay for a prisoner's sex reassignment surgery, was granted parole and released from Mule Creek State Prison, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater,File)

FILE - In this May 21, 2015, file photo, inmate Michelle-Lael Norsworthy speaks during her parole hearing at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, Calif. Norsworthy, a transgender inmate who had been trying to force California to become the first state to pay for a prisoner's sex reassignment surgery, was granted parole and released from Mule Creek State Prison, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater,File)  (The Associated Press)

California has paroled a transgender inmate a day before a federal appeals court was to hear her request for the state prison to pay for her sex reassignment surgery.

State corrections officials say Michelle-Lael Norsworthy was released Wednesday from Mule Creek State Prison, a men's facility east of Sacramento. She will be supervised on parole in San Francisco.

Gov. Jerry Brown allowed her parole last week when he took no action on a Board of Parole Hearings' recommendation that Norsworthy be freed 30 years after fatally shooting a man in a Fullerton bar.

The state says her release ends her attempt to have the prison-funded sex reassignment surgery.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals took her appeal under consideration after canceling Thursday's arguments.