Former Alabama Governor released from prisonBy Jordan LaPorta | 02/09/2017 12:04am
Don Siegelman was released from a federal prison in Louisiana on Wednesday, after serving a six-year sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice.
The Alabama Democrat served as governor from 1999 to 2003 before losing to Republican Bob Riley in one of the closest elections in state history. In 2006, a federal jury convicted Siegelman of attempting to sell Richard Scrushy, founder and former CEO of HealthSouth, a spot on the state health board in exchange for donations to his lottery campaign.
Siegelman’s conviction has been a topic of political division for Alabamians, as state Democrats have long maintained his innocence.
According to a report from the Associated Press, longtime aide Chip Hill said Siegelman’s family and friends are “very excited about his release and very much look forward to seeing him.”
On Wednesday morning, the former governor was taken to the probation office in Birmingham, and he has returned to his home in Vestavia Hills under house arrest. His sentence ends Aug. 8.