Matthew Libous, a son of former New York State Senator Thomas Libous, has been released from a low-security prison in New Jersey.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website, the 38-year-old Libous was released on Friday, January 29. Libous had reported to the Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix on July 31.

Libous had been sentenced to six months in prison and fined $25,000 for a tax fraud conviction. He had been allowed to remain free to attend his father's trial in Westchester County.

John Meringolo, the attorney who represented Matthew Libous during his trial, said he had not spoken with his client since his release from prison. But he said Libous had indicated he expected to be released on Sunday.

Meringolo said Matthew Libous was looking forward to being able to return to his family. He said his client's spirits were upbeat prior to being released.

Meringolo said the appeal filed on behalf of Matthew Libous is pending. He said he does not know when a ruling on the appeal may be expected.

Thomas Libous, who was convicted of lying to FBI agents, was sentenced in November to six months of home confinement and two years probation. He also was fined $50,000.

A federal judge decided not to sentence the former senator to prison time because he was battling cancer.


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