Ex-Speaker to Return to Massachusetts After Prison Release

FILE - In this June 15, 2011, file photo, former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi walks out of the Federal courthouse in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

FILE – In this June 15, 2011, file photo, former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi walks out of the Federal courthouse in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi has been released from a federal prison in North Carolina.

A family spokesman says DiMasi was released Tuesday from a prison in Butner, North Carolina. He is now with his wife, Debbie, and looking forward to getting home to Massachusetts.

DiMasi served five years of an eight-year sentence for public corruption. Last week, a judge approved a request for compassionate release because of DiMasi’s health problems.

DiMasi has been treated for throat and prostate cancer in prison. His cancer is in remission, but his treatments caused a narrowing of his esophagus that creates a risk of choking.

The once-powerful Democrat was convicted of steering state contracts to a software firm in exchange for $65,000 funneled through his private law firm.

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