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Edwards to be released from halfway house Wednesday

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Posted: Jul 5, 2011 12:08 PM by Russell Jones and Rachel Frost
Updated: Jul 5, 2011 6:23 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE - Former Governor Edwin Edwards will be released tomorrow morning from his home confinement.

The director of the Ecumenical House confirmed to News 2 Edwards would sign the paperwork Wednesday morning that would end that portion of his sentence for a bribery and extortion conviction.

Edwards has been staying at his daughter's home in Livingston Parish and checking into the halfway house three times a week since January as part of the conditions for his release.

The director said Edwards would still be on parole for three years. During that time he will have to check in with his parole officer at least once a month and have all travel plans approved before Edwards goes out of the state.

Leo Honeycutt, the author of the biography on Edwin Edwards, says the former governor doesn't plan to waste any time after he's released from home confinement.

"He's already got some plans to travel out west, take the RV around. But he can't wait to get out and see people. That's what he wants to do, he wants to see people," Honeycutt said.

Edwards went to federal prison in 2002 on a ten-year sentence. He served eight years in prison before he was released to the halfway house in January.

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