Former laywer seeks early release from prison

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A former Rutland lawyer serving a prison sentence for defrauding a client wants to be let out early.

John Ruggiero says he should be allowed to serve the remaining six months of his sentence in a halfway house.

But the Federal Bureau of Prisons says inmates can only serve the final ten percent of their sentences in a halfway house.

Ruggiero was sentenced to two years, after pleading guilty to one count of mail fraud in connection with the theft of $300,000 from a client’s trust account.

He says in paperwork submitted to federal court that other courts have allowed more of a sentence to be served in a halfway house.

He’s also asking a judge to place him in a Vermont house.

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