Gene Stipe To Be Released From Prison Hospital

Friday, September 21st 2007, 7:10 am
By: News On 6

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) -- Former state Senator Gene Stipe is to be released Friday from a prison hospital in Missouri. Stipe has been undergoing a mental health evaluation at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield. Federal Judge Ronald White ordered the exam on August 28th saying Stipe appeared drugged or hypnotized during a court hearing on whether to revoke his probation.

White signed an order Thursday allowing Stipe to be released after being told the mental exam is nearly complete.

Stipe is on probation after pleading guilty to conspiracy and perjury charges related to political campaign contribution violations. Prosecutors say he violated terms of his probation by arranging more illegal campaign contributions and by associating with a convicted felon.

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