After eight years in prison and one year of post-prison monitoring, former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-Calif., is now a free man.
According to local reports, a federal judge recently granted the disgraced congressman an early release from the monitoring, which was supposed to last for an additional two years. Cunningham resigned from office in 2005 and was sent to prison after pleading guilty to bribery, fraud and tax evasion.
The Vietnam veteran and former Navy pilot told U-T San Diego that he regretted how his conviction affected his family and friends.
“I would tell my constituents and my friends that I’m sorry for the actions I took,” Cunningham said. “There is not a day goes by that I don’t ask myself, how the hell did I do what I did? You get caught up in something.”
The 72-year-old former congressman reportedly lives in a scenic gated community in Arkansas.