Ex-Speaker to return to Massachusetts after prison release

DiMasi is set to be released Tuesday from a federal prison

FILE - In this June 15, 2011, file photo, former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi walks out of the Federal courthouse in Boston. DiMasi’s bid to win early release from prison is moving to a federal courtroom. DiMasi has been battling cancer while serving nearly five years of an eight-year prison sentence for corruption. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)
FILE - In this June 15, 2011, file photo, former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi walks out of the Federal courthouse in Boston. DiMasi’s bid to win early release from prison is moving to a federal courtroom. DiMasi has been battling cancer while serving nearly five years of an eight-year prison sentence for corruption. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi will be returning to Massachusetts after he’s released from prison in North Carolina.

DiMasi is set to be released Tuesday from a federal prison in Butner, North Carolina. His wife, Debbie, is expected to accompany him home to Massachusetts.

DiMasi served five years of an eight-year sentence for public corruption. Last week, a judge approved a request for compassionate release because of DiMasi’s health problems.

DiMasi has been treated for throat and prostate cancer in prison. His cancer is in remission, but his treatments caused a narrowing of his esophagus that creates a risk of choking when he eats or drinks.

The once-powerful Democrat was convicted of steering state contracts to a software firm in exchange for $65,000 funneled through his private law firm.

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