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CT ex-governor Rowland begins prison sentence

[JURIST] Former Connecticut Governor John G. Rowland [archived official website] arrived Friday at Loretto [official website], a minimum-security federal prison in Pennsylvania, to begin his year-long sentence for corruption of office. Rowland was sentenced two weeks ago [JURIST report] to one year in prison, four months of house arrest, three years probation, and an $82,000 fine after pleading guilty last December [JURIST report]. The federal Bureau of Prisons decided to place Rowland about 70 miles east of Pittsburgh, despite a recommendation by the sentencing judge for a prison outside of Boston, near his family. The former governor, who fell from power after a top aide disclosed to the FBI numerous payoffs received by the office, will be eligible for release in 10 months. AP has more.

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