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Former Pa. Sen. Jane Orie To Be Released From State Prison

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- Jane Orie's attorney says the former state senator will be released from state prison on Sunday, barely 20 months after she began serving a two-and-a-half to 10-year sentence.

She's getting out early because of credit for good time, and a rule that let her serve just 75 percent of her minimum term because she's a non-violent criminal who isn't likely to re-offend.

Orie was convicted of using her taxpayer-funded staff to do campaign work and forging documents to try to cover it up.

"While she was in, she did not languish there, she did not atrophy, she did not engage in self-pity," said Bill Costopoulos, Orie's attorney. "She became a very constructive person, she helped educate many inmates."

An appeal of Orie's conviction and sentence is still pending before the Superior Court.

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