Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman returns home from prison

Siegelman greets family and friends (Erin Edgemon | eedgemon@al.com)
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AL.com) — Former Gov. Don Siegelman, fresh off the plane from Louisiana where he served time in a federal prison for a bribery conviction, waived to supporters gathered at a Birmingham street corner Wednesday afternoon as the silver Jaguar carrying him slowly passed by.

He had been met at the Birmingham-Shuttleworth airport by friends, family members and longtime supporters shortly before.

"It will be a raw and wonderful reunion," Siegelman's daughter, Dana Siegelman, said as she awaited her fathers arrival shortly before 3 p.m.

She hasn't spoken with him today as he has been traveling home.

"I am just happy he is home," she said.

Siegelman was expected to report directly to a probation office in Birmingham, but those plans changed, according to the chief probation officer who also confirmed they will be handling the former governor's in-home confinement.

Siegelman, who has been serving a 78-month sentence for a 2006 bribery conviction, today was released into a community corrections program in which he will serve the remaining six months of his sentence on home detention, friends of the Siegelman family have said.

Siegelman's sentence ends Aug. 8.

Siegelman was indicted in 2005 and both were convicted in 2006 on bribery charges along with HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy. Prosecutors said that Scrushy paid $500,000 into Siegelman's campaign to start a state lottery in exchange for a seat on a state health board.

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