NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A Virginia legislator serving time for bribery and extortion has been released from federal prison after almost eight years behind bars.
News outlets report 67-year-old Phillip A. Hamilton headed home Thursday for six months of home confinement.
In 2011, a federal jury found Hamilton guilty of diverting $500,000 in state funds to a teaching center at Old Dominion University. In return, he was given a $40,000-a-year part-time job as the center’s director.
He was sentenced to 9 1/2 years but was released early for good behavior.
Hamilton served as a Republican state delegate from 1988 until his resignation in 2009 after bribery accusations emerged. Hamilton maintains his innocence.