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Pa. ex-rep freed on bail returns to state prison

Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A former longtime Pennsylvania House Democratic leader convicted on corruption charges has returned to state prison after nearly four days of court-ordered freedom.

A Camp Hill State Prison spokeswoman says Bill DeWeese turned himself in early Tuesday afternoon, following a judge’s decision that he shouldn’t be out on bail while he pursues appeals.

He was four days into a 2 1/2- to 5-year sentence Friday when the state Superior Court freed him because the county trial judge hadn’t ruled on his motion for bail pending appeal.

After the judge ruled against DeWeese on Tuesday, he returned to the prison. His lawyers are asking the state Superior Court to reverse that ruling.

DeWeese is convicted of five felonies for using his state-paid staff and public resources for campaign purposes.

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