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Moreau freed from prison

March 1, 2014

Convicted ex-Central Falls mayor Charles Moreau leaves the Federal Courthouse in Providence on Friday after a court hearing that resulted in a new plea with a sentence of “time served.” He served one year of a two year sentence on corruption charges. As he left the courthouse unescorted he told reporters “I’m looking forward to getting back to my family and I ask that you respect my privacy.” (Photo by Ernest A. Brown)

PROVIDENCE – Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau walked into Courtroom 3 at the federal courthouse Friday morning wearing dark blue prison garb with his hands cuffed behind his back and his feet in chains.

About three hours later he walked out into the cold noonday sunshine wearing a brown suit and yellow tie, a free man, albeit with a felony conviction and three years of supervised probation hanging over his head.

“I wish you well with your new-found freedom,” U.S. District Court Judge John McConnell told Moreau as he closed the brief hearing.

For full story, see Saturday's print edition of The Times.

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