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Former PA House Speaker Bill DeWeese released from prison

DeWeese served time for political corruption

Former state Rep. Bill DeWeese has been released from prison after finishing his sentence for political corruption.

A spokeswoman for the state prison system says the Greene County Democrat was released from the state prison in Retreat in northeastern Pennsylvania Sunday at 7:20 a.m.

Christine McMillan says that DeWeese was picked up by a family member.

The 63-year-old former House speaker and minority leader was serving a 2- to 5-year sentence for using public employees and taxpayer resources for political purposes.

He was eligible for parole starting Friday because as a first-time, nonviolent offender he must serve only 75 percent of his minimum sentence. DeWeese was convicted in 2012.


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