Former state Rep. Terri Hodge gas been released from a federal prison in Lexington, Ky., and was due to arrive back in Dallas this afternoon, according to a report in The Dallas Morning News.
Hodge, considered to be one of the LGBT community’s staunchest allies during her tenure in the Texas House of Representatives, ended her re-election campaign and resigned in February 2010 after pleading guilty to income tax evasion charges. The charges were filed in connection with a federal investigation into corrupt housing deals involving city of Dallas officials. The main target of the investigation, former Dallas Councilman Don Hill, is serving an 18-year sentence after being convicted of bribery and extortion.
in April 2010, Hodge was sentenced to one year in prison in return for her guilty plea, and she began serving that sentence last June.
Harryette Ehrhardt, Hodge’s friend who is also a former state representative and a strong LGBT ally, told the Morning News that Hodge would serve the remaining few months of her sentence at a halfway house in Hutchins.