Former Illinois governor released from custody
July 3rd, 2013
12:16 PM ET
10 months ago

Former Illinois governor released from custody

(CNN) - Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan has been released from federal custody, according to Bureau of Prisons spokesperson, Chris Burke.

Ryan had been on home confinement for the past five months in Kankakee, Illinois. He will now be on supervised release for the next year.

The former Republican governor was serving a 6 1/2-year sentence on racketeering and fraud convictions.

The disgraced ex-governor was convicted in April 2006 of fraud in a case stemming from bribes paid for various state licenses. The Supreme Court turned down his appeal in 2008.

His wife, Lura Lynn Lowe, passed away in 2011 while he was in custody but he was temporarily released so he could be with her during her final hours.

Ryan served as governor from 1999-2003. In one of his last acts of governor, he commuted the sentences of all 167 inmates on Illinois' death row. Three inmates had their sentences reduced to 40 years in prison, while the remaining 165 received life in prison.


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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Illinois has a bad case of corruption when it comes to governors. And that goes for both parties. Jesse Jackson Jr., you're not excluded.

    July 3, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. Pam from Iowa

    special treatment to be with his wife during her final days??
    NO ONE else would have been allowed to do that!!

    July 3, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. nadsgf

    This is ridiculous, he should have gotten life because of the scope of people affected.

    July 3, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. joseph

    One down one to go . Governors in IL and LA have a tough time with the FEDS.

    July 3, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. Italmn

    Geezzz ! The GOPs praying to GOD didn't help uh ? I'm amazed............How come ? He's a Bible thumpin Christian. Mabe tha same thing with happen to Bachmann & Gobmert or whatever his name is. lol.....

    July 3, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |