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Bowers back at home in Memphis

Former State Senator Kathryn Bowers (file photo) Former State Senator Kathryn Bowers (file photo)

By Janice Broach - bio | email | Twitter | Facebook

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A former state senator sentenced to prison on corruption charges has returned home after serving less than one year of her sentence.

Former State Senator Kathryn Bowers reported to federal prison in Illinois a year ago to serve a 16 month sentence for taking more than $11,000 in bribes.  But with four months to go on her sentence, she recently arrived back at her home in Whitehaven.

Wednesday, she was not up for an interview.

"I don't want to talk now," she said, closing her door to avoid our camera.

Bowers wrote to Action News 5's Janice Broach from prison saying the there conditions were not good - that the water was actually making her sick.  But Wednesday, Bowers looked healthier than she has in years.

Her attorney, William Massey, said she did not serve her entire sentence behind bars because of a new program initiated last year by then President George Bush.

So why didn't Kathryn Bowers serve her entire sentence behind bars. Bowers Attorney William Massey told me she benefited from a program initiated last year by then President George Bush.

"It calls for first offenders whose offense is not violent, and who have caused no trouble at the facility they've been in, to be released six months early to a half way house," Massey said.

Bowers, with four more months to go, is still not free, even though she is in her own home. She is wearing an ankle monitor.

"That's with house arrest once they go home," Massey said.

Massey said Bowers will be allowed to go to work and a few other places, but she is under house arrest until her entire sentence is served.

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