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In this Thursday Sept. 18, 2014 photo, former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland arrives at federal court in New Haven, Conn. A jury convicted Rowland Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 on all charges that he conspired to be paid for work on two political campaigns while disguising those payments in business deals. It is the second felony conviction for Rowland, who resigned as governor a decade ago in a scandal over illegal gifts he received while in office. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Former governor has reported to prison for campaign-finance fraud


Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland reported to federal prison Monday after deciding not to appeal his sentence for campaign-finance fraud, according to the Connecticut Post.

Rowland will serve his 30-month sentence at a federal prison in Otisville, New York, which is located about 93 miles from his home in Middlebury, Connecticut.

The prison houses 670 minimum-security and 116 prison-camp inmates, according to the Connecticut Post. 

In June, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York City rejected Rowland's appeal of a March 2015 sentence.

Rowland argued that the Justice Department wrongly prosecuted him for working behind the scenes for the failed congressional campaign of Republican Lisa Wilson-Foley in 2012, according to the Connecticut Post.

He was found guilty of campaign fraud, conspiracy and obstruction of justice in September of 2014. 

This isn't Rowland's first stint in prison.

The former governor resigned in the middle of his third four-year term in 2004 after a corruption scandal that involved him accepting illegal gifts, according to CNN affiliate WFSB.

In that case, he served 10 months in prison. 

Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland, left, holds hand with his wife Patricia, center, as he leaves federal appeals court on Friday, March 18, 2016 in New York. Rowland has asked a federal appeals court to overturn his political corruption conviction from 2012. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Photo courtesy of the Associated Press. 

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