DeWeese released from prison

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Former state Rep. Bill DeWeese has been released from prison after finishing his sentence for political corruption.

Former State Rep. Bill DeWeese has been released from prison after serving the minimum of his sentence for political corruption.

A spokeswoman for the state prison system said the Greene County Democrat was released from the state prison in Retreat in northeastern Pennsylvania at 7:20 a.m. Sunday.

Christine McMillan said DeWeese was picked up by a family member.

The 63-year-old former House speaker and minority leader was serving a 2 1/2- to 5-year sentence for using public employees and taxpayer resources for political purposes.

He was eligible for parole starting Friday because as a first-time, nonviolent offender, he had to serve only 75 percent of his minimum sentence.

DeWeese was convicted in 2012. - AP

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