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(Don’t) Want You Back: Rowland to Get Early Release

October 10, 2017 By Staff
(Don’t) Want You Back: Rowland to Get Early Release

The ex-governor Connecticut loves to loathe is getting an early release from prison: May 2018.

Ex-Gov. John Rowland (R-Conn.) – currently serving his second prison sentence at a federal prison in Pennsylvania – will be released as early as May 2018, according to a report from The Associated Press on Tuesday.

A spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons says former Gov. John Rowland will be released in May 2018, 19 months into his 30-month sentence.

The spokesman declined to explain the early release date, citing privacy laws.

Rowland was sentenced to prison in 2014 over his ‘consulting’ work in Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District race in 2012.

Rowland ran afoul of campaign finance laws when he accepted payments from congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley to advise her campaign, without either Rowland or the campaign disclosing those payments.

From the Hartford Courant in 2015:

Wilson-Foley’s sentencing concludes a seamy story that began with her entry as a political novice in a crowded field of candidates running for the Republican nomination in the state’s 5th Congressional District. She, her husband, Brian, and Rowland are all now convicted and sentenced for conspiring to pay Rowland for advice without letting the world know that an ex-governor convicted of taking bribes was directing the campaign.

Rowland made a similar offer to another candidate for that seat, Mark Greenberg, but Greenberg turned him down because he said Rowland wanted Greenberg to funnel campaign payments through Greenberg’s “business or charitable enterprises.” That arrangement is what got Rowland and Wilson-Foley in trouble.

Rowland’s eventual release from prison would end another sad chapter of the corrupt ex-governor’s career.