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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Former Connecticut Governor Rowland released from federal prison
Sarah Steers at 12:00 AM ET

On February 10, 2006, former Connecticut Governor John G. Rowland was released from federal prison after serving the majority of a one year sentence. Governor Rowland pleaded guilty in December 2004 to a federal charge of corruption. Charged with trading political access in exchange for vacations and repairs to his summer home, Rowland had asked for leniency prior to sentencing and accepted a plea deal from prosecutors. Rowland was eventually sentenced in March 2005 to one year in prison, four months of house arrest, three years probation and an $82,000 fine. While Rowland was incarcerated, the Chief State's Attorney for the state of Connecticut submitted an arrest warrant for Rowland for additional ethics charges, but an unidentified judge refused to sign the warrant on September 2, 2005, rendering the case officially closed.

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