Former PA Senator Jane Orie to be released from prison

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 6, 2014 1:11 PM

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(Pittsburgh) -- Former Republican state Senator Jane Orie is being released from state prison on Sunday, barely 20 months after she was sentenced for using her taxpayer-funded legislative staff to do campaign work and forging defense exhibits to try to cover it up. 

Orie's attorney, William Costopoulos, confirmed the date of her release for The Associated Press. 

She was convicted in March 2012 and sentenced that June to two-and-half to 10 years in prison by an Allegheny County judge. But with good time and a rule that lets her serve just 75 percent of her minimum term because she's a non-violent criminal who isn't likely to reoffend, she'll be out Sunday. 

Orie's appeal of her conviction and sentence is still pending before the Superior Court. Costopoulos said she still hopes to win to restore her reputation.

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