Where they are now
Following a column on Bill DeWeese in prison I got a number of requests for info on other PA lawmakers in jail; here's where they are now.
Where they are now
After a column ran Monday on my prison visit with former Democratic House Speaker Bill DeWeese, I got a number of requests for info on other former PA bigwigs also serving time.
So here's who they are and where they are now.
DeWeese, 63, is in Retreat state prison in Luzerne County serving two and a-half to five years for theft, conspiracy and conflict of interest.
Former Republican House Speaker John Perzel, 63, is in Laurel Highlands state prison in Somerset County, also serving two and a-half to five years for theft, conspiracy and conflict of interest.
Former Republican House Whip (and former Lycoming County DA) Brett Feese, 59, is in Waymart state prison in Wayne County, serving four to 12 years for theft, conspiracy and conflict of interest.
Former Republican state Senate Whip Jane Orie, 51, is in Cambridge Springs state prison in Crawford County serving two and a-half to 10 years for theft of services, obstruction, forgery and evidence tampering.
Former Democratic House Whip Mike Veon, 56, is in Laurel Highlands state prison in Somerset County serving six to 14 years for theft by deception, conspiracy, theft of services, misuse of public funds and conflict of interest.
Former Democratic state Senate Leader Bob Mellow, 70, is in federal prison in Jesup, Georgia, serving 16 months for conspiracy but faces new charges, including bid-rigging and bribery, in connection with a pay-to-play scandal involving the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Former Democratic House Campaign Committee chairman, state Revenue Secretary and state House member Stephen Stetler, 64, is serving one and a-half to five years in York County Prison for theft, conspiracy and conflict of interest.
Former Republican Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melviin, 57, is serving a three-year sentence of house arrest in her home in Allegheny County for theft of services and related charges.
And former Democratic Sen. Vince Fumo, 70, is under six months mansion-arrest at his 33-room home in Philly's Spring Garden section after serving four years in federal prison in Ashland, Kentucky, following his 2009 conviction on 137 corruption charges.