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Wormuth begins serving sentence in federal prison

Wormuth begins serving sentence in federal prison

Former Halfmoon supervisor Melinda “Mindy” Wormuth is now in the custody of the federal government.
Wormuth begins serving sentence in federal prison
Former Halfmoon Supervisor Melinda Wormuth walks to the federal courthouse in Albany with her attorney, E. Stewart Jones, for sentencing in December 2015.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

Former Halfmoon supervisor Melinda “Mindy” Wormuth is now in the custody of the federal government.

Wormuth turned herself in this week as planned to begin serving her sentence in the long running criminal cases against her.

She is now listed as an inmate in Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn. She was to begin serving her sentence by 2 p.m. Tuesday.

State and federal judges sentenced her in December to a total of a year and a day in custody following her guilty pleas in August to charges in both courts.

Wormuth, 48, pleaded guilty in federal court to extortion and making false statements, admitting to accepting money in exchange for writing letters in her official capacity in support of mixed martial arts.

In state court, she admitted to fourth-degree grand larceny related to taking re-election campaign contributions for personal use.

Wormuth served three terms as Halfmoon town supervisor before resigning while under investigation in the fall of 2013.

The Danbury facility is listed as a low security prison with an adjacent minimum security camp. It houses a total of 874 inmates, both male and female.

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