Ex-NJ state Senator out of prison

FILE - In this July 24, 2009 file photograph, former New Jersey Sen. Wayne Bryant, center, walks with his wife Cheryl Spicer and his lawyer Carl Poplar as they leave federal court following Bryant's sentencing in Trenton, N.J. Bryant was sentenced to 4 years in prison for bribery and fraud after being convicted of being paid for a job that required no work at a state university in exchange for securing state funding for it. The once powerful Camden County Democrat is due to report Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, to a federal prison in West Virginia. (AP Photo/Mel Evans,file)

December 18, 2012 5:51:16 AM PST
A former New Jersey state senator is home after serving 40 months of a sentence for corruption.

Sixty-five-year-old Wayne Bryant returned home on Friday after spending three days at a Philadelphia halfway house and more than three years at a federal prison camp in West Virginia.

His release was reported by The Courier-Post of Cherry Hill.

The former chairman of the Senate budget committee was found guilty in 2008 of using his influence to obtain a low-show, pension-padding job at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Bryant was found not guilty earlier this year in a second corruption case. Prosecutors said he took $192,000 in bribes disguised as legal fees in exchange for backing redevelopment plans around the state.