Former New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi, who was sentenced to as many as four years in prison last year after pleading guilty in a pay-to-play scandal at the pension fund he once ran, was granted parole.
Bloomberg reports that Hevesi, 72, an inmate at the Mid-State Correctional Facility in Marcy, was granted release by the state Board of Parole following an appearance Wednesday and may be freed as soon as December 19th after a 'routine community preparation investigation', the Department of Corrections and Community Service said in a statement Thursday.
The board found that Hevesi 'would not pose a probable risk of safety to the community', according to its decision.
Hevesi entered the state corrections system on April 15, 2011, and his earliest possible release date was April 14 of this year, the department said. He had a conditional release date of December 14th, 2013, and would have been released on April 14, 2015, if he served his maximum sentence.
Hevesi is scheduled to remain under community supervision through April 14, 2015, the department said. He was denied parole during his first appearance before the board last November. Hevesi has been held at the prison’s protective custody unit and received only one misbehavior report, for refusing a direct order in August.
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