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Former Crestwood mayor released from prison due to health issues

CRESTWOOD, Kentucky – Former Crestwood, Kentucky, mayor Louis Presta will be freed from federal prison in Kentucky just three months into a one-year term for accepting bribes.

Thursday, U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin authorized the 72-year-release old’s from Lexington’s Federal Medical Center-Kentucky. Since reporting to prison in late June, Presta’s already bad health has deteriorated fast, according to a plea from his attorneys.

Presta will serve the remainder of his sentence under home confinement supervision by the federal probation office and will be required to pay $70,000 in restitution.

In November, Presta pled guilty to bribery and filing a false tax return after he was captured on camera collecting a $5,000 bribe from a red-light camera boss during an FBI sting operation targeting multiple public officials in the south suburbs.

Presta’s attorneys stated in court records that he had Type 2 diabetes, congestive heart failure, and chronic kidney disease, and that he spent three days of his first week in detention in the emergency department.

The day following his July emergency room visit, Presta was transferred to a local hospital for dehydration treatment and began using a wheelchair.

The appeal for compassionate release was denied by prison officials in August, three weeks into his term. According to the petition, the jail authorities did not provide Presta with diabetic meals, and he lost 25 pounds during his first month in prison.

Durkin appointed an outside physician to evaluate Presta’s medical records last week.

A representative of United States Attorney John Lausch declined to comment on the ruling.

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