By Associated Press - Saturday, August 3, 2019

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - A former Arkansas state senator who pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering is asking to be released immediately from prison.

Republican Jake Files of Fort Smith filed the handwritten request Friday, one year after reporting to the federal prison in El Reno, Oklahoma, to serve an 18-month sentence .

The petition first reported by The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette says Files has no disciplinary incidents, led worship services and evaluated his past actions. Files asks to spend his remaining time in home confinement and says he would seek to renew his real estate and general contractor licenses to search for employment and pay court-ordered restitution.

Files resigned from the state Senate in January 2018, a day after pleading guilty to charges of falsifying bids and pocketing thousands of dollars in state funds intended for construction of a sports complex.

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