Louisiana

Ex-Mayor Convicted in FBI Sting Released Early From Prison

A former mayor from Iberville parish convicted in a federal bribery sting and sentenced to 20 years behind bars was released from prison this week. According to the federal bureau of prisons, former saint Gabriel mayor George Grace senior was released Wednesday into a halfway house. Grace was convicted in 20-12 on racketeering, bribery and fraud charges. Prosecutors said he was caught in an FBI sting operation involving a phony garbage-can cleaning venture in exchange for bribes. Grace was expected to be released in 2029. The bureau of prisons did not say why he was moved out of prison, but the federal government had been allowing some inmates convicted of nonviolent crimes to be released early due to the coronavirus pandemic.