CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – A man who killed a 12-year-old boy in Nashua 35 years ago is back in New Hampshire after a failed attempt to keep him incarcerated as a dangerous sexual predator.

Raymond Guay, 60, was released from a federal prison in West Virginia on Monday after serving an 18-to-25 year sentence for the 1973 murder of John Lindovski, plus additional time for assaulting a fellow inmate.

His release comes three days after a federal panel ruled that he could not remain incarcerated under a law that allows for civil commitment of sexually violent predators. New Hampshire authorities, who pushed for the civil commitment, had hoped to at least keep Guay out of the state, but a Los Angeles judge ruled Friday that Guay must be allowed to return to New Hampshire.

A religious organization in Manchester is working with Tarr’s office to help Guay find a home and job, Tarr said.

A Manchester rooming house was able to temporarily get him a small apartment in the city Monday, WMUR-TV reported.

Lindovski, a sixth-grader, was walking home from an afternoon square dance when Guay, who was 25, picked him up and drove him to the Lone Pine Hunters Club property in Hollis. When the boy escaped the car and ran into the woods, Guay raced after him, hit him on the head and then shot him in the eye.

Although New Hampshire has a civil commitment law targeting sexual predators, Guay is not a candidate for commitment here because he never actually sexually assaulted Lindovski. Officials believe that was his intent, but the issue never came up because he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. At the time of his conviction there was no sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole and no death penalty.

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