Former Memphis City Councilman Rickey Peete living in halfway house

By Jason Miles - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Former Memphis City Councilman Rickey Peete is out of prison and living in a halfway house with dozens of other ex-convicts.

Peete is now behind different bars which are part of the fence surrounding a halfway house near Memphis International Airport.  He is now free to come and go in his Mercedes-Benz.

Peete was released after serving a little more than half of his four-year sentence for taking bribes.

Peete refused to comment in late 2007 after crying in court as a judge said the disgraced councilman had "sold his vote."  Peete accepted around $12,000 in exchange for his support on a zoning issue involving billboards.

Fellow ex-convicts at the halfway house said Peete likes to play basketball and spends his days looking for a job.

The owner of the New York Suit Exchange confirmed a recent job interview and said Peete is being considered for a sales manager's position.  He said the former councilman deserved another chance even after serving two stints in federal prison.

What was dubbed "Operation Main Street Sweeper" snared both Peete and former councilman Edmund Ford, Sr.  Ford was acquitted, Peete was not.

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