Richard Hall Freed on Supervised Release

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Jackson, Miss. 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 federal prison for his role in the failure of the plant. The sentence was later reduced by 32 months.
He was then taken into state custody to serve a separate sentence, but was granted early release. He was released July 6.

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. His attorney, John Husser of Rome, Ga., said Hall will be supervised by the Yalobusha County Field Office.