Former Texas Attorney General Dan Morales is a free man.
The U.S. Bureau of Prisons confirmed Friday that it discharged Morales from a federal halfway house in San Antonio, where Morales had served a few months of his four-year prison sentence for a federal case related to the state’s record settlement with tobacco companies.
With good-time credit, Morales, 50, shaved about six months off the four-year sentence he received in 2003. He was released from federal prison in Texarkana late last year and placed in the San Antonio halfway house.
Morales has until next week to report to a probation officer. He will be under supervision for three years.
Morales, a two-term attorney general, was a rising political star in the Texas Democratic Party when he surprised political observers by not running for re-election in 1998. He attempted a comeback in 2002 but lost the Democratic gubernatorial primary.
Morales pleaded guilty in 2003 to mail fraud and filing false information on a tax return. In plea documents, he admitted diverting money from his campaign for personal use and trying to funnel about $520 million of the state’s record $17 billion tobacco settlement to a lawyer friend.