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Cellini Released from Federal Prison
Cellini Released from Federal Prison

Politically connected Springfield businessman William Cellini has been released from federal prison.

A spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons says the Republican insider snagged in the corruption scandal involving former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was released from the federal lockup in Terre Haute Ind., on Oct. 31.

Spokesman Chris Burke says the Springfield resident, must serve home confinement until Dec. 5.

A friend of governors and presidents for decades, Cellini was convicted in 2011 in a failed attempt to shake down Oscar-winning film producer Thomas Rosenberg for a $1.5 million contribution to the Blagojevich campaign.

Blagojevich is serving a 14-year sentence for corruption.

Cellini began his one-year-and-one-day sentence Jan. 22. Burke says he qualified for 47 days of good-conduct credit.