Posted: Jul 6, 2011 11:32 AM by Rachel Frost
Updated: Jul 6, 2011 11:32 AM
BATON ROUGE- Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards was released from home confinement earlier today.
In a voice-mail message Edwards left for his biographer Leo Honeycutt, Edwards said, "I'm calling to tell you everything has been cleared. My halfway tour is over with."
Edwards signed the paperwork for his release around 7:30 this morning, ending 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 in to the Ecumenical House three times a week since January as part of the conditions for his release.
The soon to be 84-year-old isn't wasting any time getting settled in to his new life. Edwards is embarking on a book tour in about a week, making plans for a third wedding, and he's having an 84th birthday party in the French Quarter on July 30.
Edwards served eight years in prison for a bribery and extortion scheme to rig riverboat casino licenses.
He began home incarceration in January. He'll be on probation for three years.