Former Pa. House Speaker could be released from jail today

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 28, 2014 8:06 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The attorney for former state Representative Bill DeWeese says the Greene County Democrat could finish his prison sentence for political corruption this weekend. 

Attorney William Costopoulos says DeWeese could be released as early as today, though it might take until Sunday so parole reporting requirements can be arranged.  

Costopoulos says, "The Indications are he's going to be getting out sometime this weekend.'' 

The 63-year-old former House speaker and minority leader is serving a two-and-a-half to 5-year sentence at the state prison in Retreat in northeastern Pennsylvania for using public employees and taxpayer resources for political purposes. 

But DeWeese is eligible for parole starting today because as a first-time, nonviolent offender he must serve only 75 percent of his minimum sentence.  

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