Former senator will get out of jail early

Former senator will get out of jail early

Credit: Ada County Jail

John McGee

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by John Miller / Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on September 25, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 25 at 10:08 PM

BOISE -- Former Republican Sen. John McGee is due to get out of jail Saturday, five days before his originally-scheduled release date.

McGee had been sentenced Aug. 21 to at least 44 days behind bars.

That's after pleading guilty to charges linked to allegations of sexual harassment levied against him by a Senate staffer.

But Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney's office wrote to 4th District Court Magistrate James Cawthon this month, requesting McGee's early release.

Cawthon agreed.

Jailers say McGee behaved and completed tasks in an orderly and peaceable manner.

Idaho prison inmates must serve fixed sentences and haven't received "good time" credit since the 1980s.

But the state allows those serving time in county jails like McGee to have their detention reduced by five days for every month of their sentences.

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