1:56 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Former Tennessee Politician Leaves Federal Prison

Former Tennessee State Senator John Ford has been released from federal prison.  The Memphis Democrat served more than four years following a bribery conviction. 

A spokesman for the federal Bureau of Prisons confirms to the Commercial Appeal that Ford was released Monday from a federal prison in Yazoo City, Mississippi. 

Inmates are typically released to a halfway house six months before the expiration of their sentences.  Ford's five-year sentence expires in February. 

The long-time lawmaker, who is now 70, went to prison in 2008 after he was convicted of taking more than $50,000 in cash from undercover agents posing as businessmen seeking favors in the legislature.  Ten others convicted, including four other former lawmakers, have completed their sentences.