Ex-state senator John Ford released from prison

12:58 PM, Aug 20, 2012   |    comments
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Former state senator John Ford has been released after serving four years in federal prison for his role in the Tennessee Waltz extortion scandal.

The Commercial Appeal reports that a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed Ford was released Monday from a federal prison in Yazoo City, Miss.

The former state senator from Memphis, who is now 70, went to prison in 2008 after he was convicted of taking more than $50,000 in cash from undercover agents posing as businessmen seeking favors in the Tennessee Legislature. Ten others convicted, including four other former lawmakers, have served their sentences.

Inmates are typically released to a halfway house six months before the expiration of their sentences. His five-year sentence expires in February.

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