- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - Officials say a convicted former New Jersey sheriff who was denied parole months ago has been released from state prison.

Attorney Joseph Benedict and state officials say 70-year-old Joseph Spicuzzo was released from prison Thursday on an intensive supervision program. The former Middlesex County sheriff served more than two years of his nine-year sentence.

Spicuzzo pleaded guilty in 2013 to accepting cash bribes for patronage jobs and promotions in the sheriff’s office. Prosecutors say the jobs-for-cash scheme netted him $112,000 over a more than a decade.

Spicuzzo also ran the Democratic Party in the county for many years.

The state Parole Board denied his request for parole in July and had set a future parole eligibility date for November 2016.

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