A key figure in Mississippi's beef plant scandal has been placed on supervised release and freed from prison.
Richard Hall, of Clarksville, Tenn., was sentenced in 2006 to eight years in prison for his role in the failure of the plant. The beef plant, backed by the Mississippi Legislature and two state agencies, ran into trouble soon after Hall was given millions for the project in Oakland, Miss.
Hall, now 53, pleaded guilty to keeping public and corporate funds for himself during the debacle.
Hall was released July 6.
His attorney, John Husser of Rome, Ga., tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that Hall will be supervised by the Yalobusha County Field Office.
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