Update: Former State Senator Ernie Newton has been released from a federal prison camp in Pennsylvania following his five-year sentence on corruption charges in 2006. News 12 reports that Newton, according to his brother, is in a halfway house in Waterbury.
A check of the federal Bureau of Prisons website confirms that Newton has transitioned under the authority of the regional corrections facility in Philadelphia that oversees two Connecticut halfway houses. Newton will be under the supervision of halfway house staff until the completion of his term in August. He’ll be required to perform chores. He’ll also be allowed to work in the community but must turn over 25 percent of his pay. Once he hits the last 10 percent of his sentence, and that will be soon, he’ll be eligible to serve out his final days under home confinement.
Ernie was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Alan Nevas following his guilty plea to corruption charges. Before Ernie left town he said he was the Moses of his people. Why do I get the feeling we ‘ll be hearing from Ernie very soon?