Former NY Assembly leader furloughed from prison

May 4, 2021

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been released from a federal prison on furlough, while he awaits potential placement to home confinement.

That's according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke with The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Silver was serving his more than six-year sentence at a federal prison in Otisville, NY in a corruption case, but has been behind bars for less than a year of that sentence.

The person says he's been released on furlough while awaiting potential placement to home confinement to serve his sentence at home. Prosecutors say they opposed the furlough.

The 77-year-old began serving his sentence in August after years of fending off going behind bars.