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Former Sen. Orie set to be released

Jane C. Orie was convicted of misuse of funds and a cover-up.
Jane C. Orie was convicted of misuse of funds and a cover-up.

Former State Sen. Jane Orie (R., Allegheny) will be released from prison Sunday after serving her minimum sentence.

Orie likely will leave the State Correctional Institution at Cambridge Springs in Crawford County around midmorning, said Amy Boyland, a spokeswoman for the prison.

Orie, 52, was told she would be released after a hearing in November before two members of the state parole board.

Their reasons included her "positive institutional behavior," the "positive recommendation made by the Department of Corrections," and her "demonstrated motivation for success."

Orie started serving her time June 6, 2012, after being sentenced to 21/2 to 10 years in prison by Allegheny County Court Judge Jeffrey A. Manning. Orie was convicted of 14 felony counts during a second trial on charges she used her legislative staff to campaign for her sister, Joan Orie Melvin, for a seat on the state Supreme Court.

Her first trial ended in a mistrial when prosecutors accused Orie of tampering with documents submitted as evidence in the case.

In the second trial, Orie was found guilty of theft of services and conspiracy, as well as forgery and tampering with evidence.

Because Manning set the top end of Orie's sentence at 10 years, she will remain on parole that entire time.

An appeal of her conviction remains undecided at the state Superior Court.

 

Paula Reed Ward Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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