He may have stolen three quarters of a million dollars from his campaign donors, and then wasted it on fur parkas and fake Michael Jackson memorabilia and Eddie Van Halen guitars, but after 17 months, shared between an Alabama prison and a Baltimore halfway house, Jesse Jackson, Jr. is a free man.
He was serving a 30 month sentence on a felony fraud count, a plea deal he struck after being socked with a number of Federal charges following an investigation that turned up his financial malfeasance. Apparently, he got out on good behavior after serving about two thirds of his sentence.
Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was released on Monday morning from a Baltimore halfway house, where he'd been living since his release from an Alabama federal prison in March.
Jackson served 17 months of a 30-month sentence.
Jackson, 50, was released from the Volunteers of America halfway house shortly before 9am and left in a black SUV.