Robert Arnold

Robert Arnold

Former Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold has been released from federal prison and is living in a halfway house in Nashville.

Arnold was released Thursday from Federal Prison Camp Montgomery, a minimum-security facility at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website. Arnold’s sentence runs until April 15.

The former sheriff is at a halfway house in Nashville, his lawyer, Tom Dundon, said.

Last July, Arnold wrote to President Donald Trump to ask for a pardon, the Murfreesboro Post reported at the time.

Arnold’s letter said, “Mr. President.  PLEASE -- look into my case. I believe you will find I did not do anything illegal ... I hope you will see, believe, and agree that I am not the villain of this story, but a victim ... who deserves the head-start on getting his life back ... Please pardon me."

The Post reported on May 9, 2017 that Arnold admitted he "betrayed" the people of Rutherford County and lied to them when he directed the JailCigs e-cigarettes operation at the county jail, allegedly making tens of thousands of dollars illegally.

Arnold has been in custody on a bond revocation since Sept. 26, 2016, according to a Post story on May 4, 2017. In January 2017, he pleaded guilty to three counts of a 14-count federal indictment lodged against him: single counts of wire fraud, honest services fraud and extortion as an official. He resigned as sheriff a day before the plea.

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