Ex-House Speaker Sal DiMasi to be released from prison Tuesday

Boston Democrat will have served 5 years of 8 year sentence for corruption

Former Massachusetts house speaker Sal DiMasi

BOSTON (WWLP) – Former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi will be freed from a federal prison Tuesday.

DiMasi’s health is deteriorating, making his life in prison very difficult. The disgraced former Massachusetts House Speaker battled both throat and prostate cancer during his five years in a federal prison in North Carolina.

In a move called “compassionate release,” Judge Mark Wolf reduced DiMasi’s eight-year prison sentence to time served. DiMasi will be released and return to his home in Massachusetts Tuesday.

The 71-year-old former House Speaker was convicted of public corruption charges for accepting $65,000 in bribes.

Malden Democratic Rep. Paul Donato worked with DiMasi for many years. He told 22News he was elated to hear DiMasi will be back with his family in time for Thanksgiving.

Donato said he hoped DiMasi would “get the opportunity to get some additional care that perhaps our medical facilities here can provide, at least some comfort and care for him.”

As speaker, the Boston Democrat worked to uphold same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, and helped update the state’s health care laws.